PATHWAY TO APPRENTICE CHALLENGE
Carpentry apprentices from around New Zealand compete at regional locations in an eight-hour competition involving a unique building project. Judged by a panel of experienced building practitioners and industry educators, the successful regional winner is the apprentice that shows the highest standard of craftsmanship, safe working technique and time management.
Every apprentice receives a prize for taking part on the day with prizes available for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place setters. Plus regional winners win an all expenses paid trip to the NZCB National Conference and Expo to compete in the National Challenge. The Conference and Expo is a valuable opportunity to network, learn, be inspired and gain a big picture view of the building industry.
The 2021 Regional events will be held on Saturday 10 April 2021 at these locations nationwide:
Whangarei – Canopy Bridge, The Town Basin.
Auckland – Unitec Institute of Technology, Mount Albert Campus.
Hamilton – The Base, Te Rapa.
Tauranga – Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.
Rotorua – Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Mokoia Campus, Mokoia Drive, Tihoitonga, Rotorua
Whakatane – Combining with Rotorua event.
Taupo – ITM Taupo, Tauhara.
Gisborne – Versatile Buildings, 390 Gladstone Road, Gisborne.
Napier – Tumu ITM, 55 Thames St, Napier.
Taranaki – Western Institute of Technology, 20 Bell Street, New Plymouth
Palmerston North – Universal College of Learning, Jensen Building, Princess Street, Palmerston North
Masterton – ITM Tumu, 337 Ngaumutawa Road, Solway, Masterton
Wellington – Parapine ITM, 19 Park St, Maidstone, Upper Hutt.
Nelson – Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
Christchurch – Hamptons ITM, Ferry Rd.
Timaru – Combining with Christchurch.
Cromwell – Southern Lakes ITM, McNulty Rd.
Dunedin – Otago Polytechnic
Invercargill – EH Ball ITM, 82 Clyde Street,.
Materials, Supplies and Prizes for all 2021 NZCB Apprentice Challenge Sponsored by ITM, are proudly supported by ITM – Your Building Partner.
Entries for regional events close on Friday 26 March 2021.
Held in conjunction with the annual NZCB National Conference and Expo, regional finalists are put through their paces competing for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and $50,000 in prizes.
To compete, each apprentice must:
- Introduce themselves by submitting a CV and cover letter
- Submit a work portfolio showcasing their building experience to date
- Be interviewed by a judging panel of industry experts
- Give a professional presentation, including public speaking to 500 conference delegates.
- Undertake a formal Carpentry examination.
The winner of the NZCB Apprentice Challenge is the carpentry apprentice with the highest practical ability combined with the paramount industry knowledge required of a Trade Qualified Building Professional.
The 2021 National final will be held in Wellington over the 11 – 12 June 2021