When Nuet Wong and his wife Wei Ting Chia moved to New Zealand with limited English, it was a massive lifestyle change. Before their move, Nuet had been tiling for twelve years in Malaysia and continued his trade in Auckland mainly contracting to two large construction companies.
Ting was unable to work in her profession, so joined her husband tiling. She discovered an amazing talent for learning English and tiling and has proven her skills are at the top of the game.
Determined to make the most of their opportunity in New Zealand, Nuet attained his New Zealand National Certificate in Tiling through BCITO by having his existing experience recognised and Ting completed her apprenticeship just in time before their first baby was born.
They have now set up their own company and are training an apprentice. Nuet and Ting never advertise their business and are working full time on upmarket and complex projects through established relationships with construction companies. Ting tiles the most intricate patterns with amazing skill.
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.