Female trade apprentices are loving their career choice, but few considered a career in building or construction while they were at school, research shows.
Not many employers in the construction sector realise the Government's Fees Free initiative extends to apprenticeships for not one, but two years.
Brad Gemmell qualified as a bricklayer at 21 years of age and hopped on a plane to London, ready to put his skills to the test. He returned to New Zealand a few years later and began his own business, Brad the Brickie Ltd in Wanaka.
Helping Māori and Pasifika overcome obstacles to learning a trade is the aim of a new campaign featuring some well-known Kiwi personalities.
Bernard Scott is a man of many talents. When he first started out in the industry more than thirty years ago, he trained as a Painter/Decorator. Since Bernard took over the family’s Levin business in 2015, B M Scott Ltd’s main focus has shifted to Resin
Having been in the industry for 11 years, Liam Hayes still feels that the best decision he ever made was starting his own business, Hayes Carpet Laying in the Hawkes Bay.
Milvia Hannah has been in business for 26 years, dealing in residential designs for individual customers, commercial apartments and commercial projects. Her business, German Kitchens Ltd is a high-end kitchen retail and design studio in Wellington.
Having been in business for 32 years, Kim Stops is no stranger to working with stone. Based in the Hawkes Bay, his company Headstone World, deals with all aspects of monumental work.
Specialising in high quality exterior and interior timber windows and doors typically for residential new buildings and renovations, McNaughton Windows & Doors Ltd in Auckland has been in business for eighty years.
Josh Prangell has been in business as CBA Tiling for 12 years producing high-quality tiling work in the Christchurch area. Recently, Josh expanded the company by basing another team in Auckland, to cater for the ever-growing demand in that region.