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Apprentice of the Year - entries now open

Entries are now open for the 2009 Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year in association with Carters.

The Department of Building and Housing is the 'supporting sponsor' of the competition which recognises excellence among young carpentry apprentices and raises awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry.

'The Department is committed to working with the sector to lift skills and raise the productivity of the building sector,' says Nigel Bickle, Deputy Chief Executive Sector Capability.

'Our support for this competition is part of that commitment.'

Entrants will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and be graded by a panel of judges from the Registered Master Builders Federation, Carters and the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation.

Judging will include written entries and interviews, following which 10 finalists will be selected. Finalists will be visited by the judges at their places of work to determine a winner and runners-up.

The competition attracts a large number of entries from around the country every year. The closing date for 2009 entries is 31 July, and entry forms are available at the Registered Master Builders website, www.masterbuilder.org.nzTenancy Tribunal orders online website.