Apprentice Challenge 2019

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 Highlights from the Auckland Apprentice Challenge 2019

12 Apprentices took on the challenge at the Unitec Campus in Auckland on the 6th April. 

A huge amount of effort is required to get these technically challenging projects completed exactly to spec and in the time allowed. 

Have a look at some highlights from the day in this video. 


NZCB Apprentice Challenge 2019

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 getters.  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 2019 Regional events will be held on Saturday 6 April at these locations nationwide:

Whangarei – NorthTec Polytechnic

Auckland – Unitec Institute of Technology – Mt Albert Campus

Hamilton – Wintec Waikato Institute of Technology

Tauranga –  Mount Maunganui – Te Papa O Nga Manu Porotakataka (formally known as Phoenix Car park Area)

Taupo – Roberts Street Reserve, lakefront.

Gisborne – Tumu ITM Gisborne

Taranaki – New Plymouth ITM 

Masterton – 71 Ngaumutawa Rd

Wellington – Parapine ITM – Upper Hutt

Nelson – Motueka ITM 

Christchurch – Hamptons ITM

Timaru – Timaru ITM

Cromwell – Southern Lakes ITM

Dunedin – Otago Polytechnic

Invercargill – EH Ball ITM

Materials, Supplies and Prizes for all 2019 NZCB Apprentice Challenge regions are proudly supported by ITM.


National Challenge

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.

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 2019 National final will be held in Christchurch over the 13th – 15th June.