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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.

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