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Entries for the Registered Master Builders 2017 Apprentice of the Year have closed. More than 160 apprentices from across the country entered and will go head to head in regional finals. The Government has invested $14.4 million into industry training over the next four years to help fill the nationwide construction skills shortage, but there is still a need for more apprentices. Registered Master Builders chief executive David Kelly said apprenticeships should be more than an alternative to university for young people. They were vital for New Zealand’s economic growth. The winning apprentice from each region will receive $2000 to spend at Carters and other prizes before going on to compete at the Apprentice of the Year national competition in November.