The 2021 Industrial Textile Fabrication
Apprentice of the Year Awards
The 2021 Industrial Textile Fabrication Apprentice of the Year Awards are now open for entries.
The awards are split into two tiers depending on experience.
Every entry will be displayed in photos on the OFPANZ Facebook page
Every entry will receive a complimentary ticket to the Awards Dinner on 26th June 2021 at The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre.
The winners of each tier receive $250. Sponsored by MITO.
A feature in the industry publication “The Cutting Edge.”
The Overall Apprentice of the Year is then determined between the tier one or tier two winners.
The Overall Apprentice of the Year receives:
A further $500 Sponsored by MITO,
The winner of the Overall Apprentice of the Year Award will receive an Industrial Fabric Welding Kit Sponsored by Carr New Zealand Ltd (valued over $1000)
Flights and accommodation reimbursed for the OFPANZ Conference and Trade Show in Auckland Sponsored by W Wiggins Ltd
The OFPANZ Trophy to display for one year
A framed Certificate from MITO
Judging will be based on Appearance, Workmanship, Complexity, Design, Innovation, Following the Brief and Presentation to the Judges. To see a list of all criteria for judging,
Simply complete the form below and make sure you submit your fabricated product to the OFPANZ Executive Officer by 30th April 2021.
Please click on the link below to view the Tier One design for which you will be required to fabricate according to the following plan:
Apprentice of the Year Tier One Design Specs:
You must follow the design brief located below. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Fasteners used must be turn button fasteners
If you do not have a material or tool you need to complete this project, please reach out to an OFPANZ supplier or fabricator for assistance.
Please take photos of the following stages of your project:
Laying up and marking out
Cut pieces prior to construction
Finished product for display/marketing purposes
Your project will be judged on Meeting the Design brief, Appearance and Workmanship (accuracy of measurements, material selected, neatness of cutting, neatness of stitching, accuracy of fittings) Design and Flair, Finish (Binding, Threads, Overall) and how it is packed and presented. (please see judging criteria on the left for values given to each area. )
Apprentice of the Year Tier Two Design Specs:
Your entry must be Innovative – either solving a problem or an enhancement to an existing product.
Your entry must use no more than 1.8sq metres (10% allowance) of outdoor fabric material (ie: canvas, PVC, vinyl, leather, shade cloth etc). Please note this does not include webbing, binding, velcro tape or zipping.
The finished article must include, but not be limited to, at least three of the following – an eyelet, dome, buckle (metal or plastic), zip, hook and loop.
Please take photos to show the progression of the project.
Please keep in mind projects need to be freighted. Please take into account he size, volume and weight of your project. The weight should not exceed 12kg
Judging will be based on Innovation, Material Selected, Accuracy, using correct methods for cutting and stitching, uniformity of seams, Attention to detail, Fittings & Attachments, Design and Flair, seaming and finishing, Packaging and Presentation
Entries must be sent to address in the form no later than Friday 30th April 2021.
Please read the instructions below very carefully and complete the form before submitting your project.