Recently we caught up with Samantha Legge whose ancestry is Ngāti Tūwharetoa – Taupo. She never set out to be in the Painting & Decorating industry. When it came time for her to leave school a few years back, she began a job in retail before redirecting her career and venturing to Auckland University to start her degree in Occupational Therapy. Following a year of study, Samantha became aware that an inside more sedentary profession was not for her. She recognised that her natural tendency was to be hands-on in practical work.
Returning from Auckland back to mighty Hurricanes country, Samantha enrolled in the Weltec, (Wellington Polytechnic), pre-trade Painting & Decorating course. She felt she had found her niche - she would have tried another trade if P & D never pushed her buttons! BCITO Training Advisor Sally Davies, works with Weltec, to identify high calibre students to ensure they are snapped up, when time for employment nears.
Gray Kinghorn, Director of Paul Reddish Decorators, employed Samantha who, recently attended her Stage 2 off-job training course and is thoroughly enjoying her chosen career. It’s kind of logical that someone who is really energetic and participates in action sports like boxing and rowing, would enjoy a hands-on physical occupation.
Hopefully, Samantha will start collecting pics now to be ready to enter the 2019 Painting & Decorating Apprentice of the Year Awards.
Female trade apprentices are loving their career choice, but few considered a career in building or construction while they were at school, research shows.
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.