Calling car­pen­try ap­pren­tices

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Car­pen­try ap­pren­tices from through­out the coun­try are be­ing urged to take the op­por­tu­nity to show off their skills and build their ca­reers by sign­ing up for the Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builders’ CARTERS 2019 Ap­pren­tice of the Year award.

Billed as the lead­ing ap­pren­tice com­pe­ti­tion for the build­ing and con­struc­tion sector, it is de­signed to show­case the level of skill amongst the coun­try’s ap­pren­tices and high­light ca­reer options avail­able in the con­struc­tion sector.

Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builders chief ex­ec­u­tive David Kelly said with the coun­try’s build­ing work­force ex­pected to grow by more than 17,000 work­ers by 2020, the in­dus­try needed more skilled ap­pren­tices, and more em­ploy­ers to take on ap­pren­tices.

“Ap­pren­tice of the Year not only recog­nises ex­cel­lence among our car­pen­try ap­pren­tices, but also ac­knowl­edges and cel­e­brates the em­ploy­ers that con­trib­ute to the in­dus­try by in­vest­ing in young tal­ent,” he said.

“We be­lieve the on-the-job train­ing given by em­ploy­ers pro­vides ap­pren­tices with the best kick­start to their ca­reer. Cur­rently only 25,000 busi­nesses are tak­ing part in work­place train­ing. We need more em­ploy­ers to in­vest their time, skills and en­ergy into train­ing ap­pren­tices to meet de­mand. We en­cour­age all em­ploy­ers to en­ter their ap­pren­tices into Ap­pren­tice of the Year, and all am­bi­tious ap­pren­tices to take part.

“Tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion is a fan­tas­tic way for ap­pren­tices to es­tab­lish their ca­reers in the in­dus­try.”

All car­pen­try ap­pren­tices are el­i­gi­ble to en­ter (go to www.ap­pren­tice­oftheyear, with en­tries clos­ing on May 20.

The re­gional win­ners go on to con­test the fi­nal in Auck­land.

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