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2020 Apprentice of the Year Awards

The 2020 Industrial Textile Fabrication Apprentice of the Year Awards

The 2020 Industrial Textile Fabrication Apprentice of the Year Awards are now open for entries.
The awards are split into two tiers depending on experience.

Benefits include:

Every entry will be displayed in photos on the OFPANZ Facebook page
Every entry will receive a complimentary ticket to the Awards Dinner on 20th June 2020 at Waipuna Conference Centre.
The winners of each tier receive $250. Sponsored by MITO.
The winners of each tier will receive an Industrial Fabric Welding Kit Sponsored by Carr New Zealand Ltd (valued over $1000)
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,
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

Due to Covid19, We have had to cancel the 2020 annual conference and awards dinner. We are still continuing with the awards and will determine a plan for announcing the awards at a further date.



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 8th May 2020.

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 on the right of this page.
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
During Construction
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 8th May 2020.

Please read the instructions below very carefully and complete the form before submitting your project.

The Apprentice of the Year Awards are sponsored by  WWiggins Ltd, MITO and Carr NZ. We  would like to thank them for their generous donations and support.




Tier 1 Brief

Tier 1 Judging Criteria

Tier 2 Judging Criteria

Previous Winners