The Silver Trowel

The ‘Silver Trowel – Brick and Blocklaying Apprentice of the Year’ award is proudly supported by The Brick and Blocklayers Federation, Firth Industries and BCITO. The award has been designed to recognise excellent behaviours in brick and blocklaying apprentices.

The Brick and Block Federation believe that an excellent apprentice:

  • Has good laying skills;

  • Has a good understanding of building code requirements; NZ Standards, Industry Best Practice Guides and other relevant technical information;

  • Has a good understanding of the regulatory compliance environment;

  • Demonstrates ‘working within competency’

  • Displays good employee behaviours;

  • Has good written and verbal communication skills;

  • Has a good understanding of computing and communications technology;

Here’s what you need to know:

The award is open to all apprentices who graduated after 1 June the previous year or current apprentices.

  • Applications open on 10 February  and close midnight 30 June each year.

  • Apprentices are required to submit a portfolio of their work with their application.

  • Employers and BCITO Training Advisors will also be required to provide supporting documentation.

  • Your tutor will provide an assessment as part of your final offsite training course.
  • Three finalists will be selected and will compete in a practical contest at the BBFNZs Annual Conference in September.

  • The winner is announced at the Conference dinner.


Download the registration form here:

Silver Trowel Registration Form

Apprentice Portfolio Instructions

Employer Recommendation form (fillable) or Employee Recommendation form (print)

Calley Gibbons - 2016 Silver Trowel Winner.

Calley Gibbons, Mandron Masonry Ltd was the 2016 Silver Trowel (Brick and Blocklaying Apprentice of the Year) winner. 

Have a look at parts of his portfolio here:

Calley Gibbons exemplar portfolio - page 1 

Calley Gibbons exemplar portfolio - page 2

Calley Gibbons exemplar portfolio - page 3

Calley Gibbons exemplar portfolio - page 4