PATHWAY TO APPRENTICE CHALLENGE:
NZCB wishes to advise the 2020 NZCB Apprentice Challenge is CANCELLED. Due to Alert Level 4 being activated from midnight Wednesday 25 March 2020, all nationwide regional events scheduled to occur on 4 April are now cancelled.
NZCB looks forward to the 2021 NZCB Apprentice Challenge.
Carpentry apprentices from around New Zealand compete at regional locations nationwide 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 2020 Regional events will be held on Saturday 4 April 2020 at these locations nationwide:
Materials, Supplies and Prizes for all 2020 NZCB Apprentice Challenge regions are proudly supported by ITM – Your Building Partner.
Entries for regional events close on Friday 27 March 2020.
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 2020 National final will be held in Wellington over the 4 – 6 June 2020