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The John Rabey Award

2nd Feb 2018

National Shopfitting Apprentices’ Competition 2018


  • Competitors should be in their second, or just starting their third year of training, either undertaking shopfitting, metal work or bench joinery
  • Competitors should be apprenticed with a shopfitting company
  • Competitors may consult books, surf the internet or discuss their design ideas with others but the finished work must be their own unaided work
  • Competitors’ time at college, work or home, should be commercially viable and with the agreement of their employer
  • All materials, dispatch and collection will be at the competitors’ expense, although it is anticipated that employers will be pleased to donate materials to encourage their apprentices
  • Competitors’ finished work should reach NAS House by Friday, 2nd February 2018, at the latest

INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES (Competition brief and information)

  • Design and manufacture a Display Cabinet
  • The display cabinet should be approximately 500 mm x 500 mm x 500 mm
  • The design may include any number of features at the individual’s discretion including mouldings, inlays etc… It must however be designed and manufactured for a useful purpose as a display cabinet
  • Various materials may be used, such as softwood, hardwood, plywood, MDF, veneers, laminated plastics, Colorcore, acrylic sheet, aluminium, or any other suitable material with which the candidate is familiar
  • The display cabinet should be manufactured by using a combination of fixed machinery, portable power tools and hand tools. Members of NAS Council have stated that computer aided machines must not be used in the manufacturing process
  • The work must receive a surface finish, e.g. oil, polish, sealer and wax or lacquer or a self-lined material


WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION AND ASSESSMENT CRITERIA (to be submitted in a folder and accompany the practical work)

Total marks and their allocation will be as follows:


  • Marks Written Design Brief
  • Design work (research and sketches)
  • A working drawing or setting out rod
  • A cutting list
  • Production schedule (sequence of operations of the practical work)
  • A description of materials used (origin and composition)
  • A list of fixed machinery used
  • A list of portable powered tools used
  • A list of all hand tools used
  • Description of the finishing process
  • General safety points relating to the manufacturing and finishing processes
  • A time sheet (covering both written and practical work)
  • Total



  • General design and interpretation of requirement
  • Size, square, twist accuracy
  • Use of materials
  • Quality of construction/jointing
  • Method of access and use of ironmongery/fittings
  • Quality of finish
  • Total


First Prize - £500 cash plus trophy (to be held for one year) and a framed Certificate

Runner Up - £250 cash plus a framed Certificate

3rd Prize - £150 cash plus a framed Certificate

All competitors will receive a reward for entering


Completed pieces for the competition should be sent to NAS House at the address shown below by Friday, 2nd February 2018

Any entry received after this date will not be eligible

Robert Hudson - Director National Association of Shopfitters NAS House 411 Limpsfield Road Warlingham Surrey CR6 9HA


Download the application form or complete the form below

John Rabey Award Application John Rabey Award Application

* Required

by submitting this form you agree on entering the John Rabey Award 2018 Competition and your entry of a Display Cabinet will be delivered to NAS House by Friday 2nd February 2018, as requested.