We’re on the hunt for the ATNZ Apprentice of the Year 2020

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30 September 2020

This award celebrates an ATNZ apprentice who is not only a high performer thriving in their apprenticeship, but also has an outstanding attitude. They are proactive in their work, particularly around health and safety, and show obvious enjoyment in what they do.


To be eligible for the award, applicants must be in at least the second year of their apprenticeship and have a signed current training agreement with ATNZ.

If they have applied before in a previous year, apprentices are welcome to enter the 2020 competition too.

There’s a huge prize to be won

The ATNZ Apprentice of the Year 2020 will win $1,000 to be spent on tools, thanks to NZ Safety Blackwoods plus $1,000 of JBHiFi vouchers to spend on whatever they wish.

Applications are now closed and judging has begun!

Applications closed at 5 pm on Friday 09 October 2020. The winner and runner-up will be announced at a BBQ breakfast ceremony in November.

All the details, plus the judging criteria, application tips and terms and conditions are on the application form. A letter of endorsement from their host company highlighting the high quality of work the apprentice has carried out, what trade attributes they show (including health and safety) and what makes them worthy of being a finalist for this highly coveted award was also required.


Download the application


Judging process

A selection committee will review applications, and finalists will be sent to a judging panel. Judges may visit the workplace of finalists, and they may ask to be provided with evidence of any awards received, or documentation such as photographs, testimonials and any official data related to competitions, terminations or financial improvements.

All answers must relate to work completed within the 12 months prior to application. Any information supplied outside of this will not be considered (except where otherwise requested).


Previous winners – we’re looking for stars like Perrie and Caleb

Fitting and machining apprentice Perrie Thomas won the award in 2019 said it was great recognition of what he had achieved so far, as well as confirmation he was on the right career path.

The winner of the inaugural award, Caleb Orotaunga, initially enrolled to study engineering at university before switching to an ATNZ apprenticeship. He graduated with a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering in June this year.


A final word from Susanne Martin, ATNZ’s General Manager

Every year we’re blown away by the high calibre of applications and this year will be no different. We know during the pandemic lockdowns and restarts, what assets our apprentices have been to our host companies. That’s why, more than ever, we want to recognise the valuable contribution they have made.

If you are an eligible ATNZ apprentice, don’t delay – get your application in now and let your light shine. If you are the host company of one of our eligible apprentices, please warmly encourage them to apply.