Built to last
Name: Casey Aranui
Job: Apprentice builder
What does your job entail? Building, everything from foundations to roofs, houses to warehouses and all the stuff in between.
How long have you been doing it? Work experience for nine months and full-time work three months.
What led you to this job? A friend recommended the Level 3 Building course.
What attracted you to this line of work? I like making things and like the idea that this line of work would benefit me at home as well as work.
What training was involved? Level 3 Construction at Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), work experience and had to do paperwork.
What do you love most about your job? How every day is completely different, as well as meeting heaps of new people.
And what are the worst bits? Working with people who discriminate against me for being a female in this line of work.
What motivates you in your work? I love what I’m doing. Proving you can achieve your dreams no matter what they are and being a good role model for my four children.
What are your career goals? Build my children their homes. Help build warmer, safer homes. Complete Level 4 Construction.
Do you have any key mentors or people who have influenced you? Definitely my husband Reese Aranui. He holds down the fort at home while I work and pushes me to achieve my dreams. And Tom Hay at EIT for giving me the tools and knowledge to achieve out in the real world.
Where did you grow up and what was it like? I grew up in Napier and went to Napier Girls’ High School. I had a normal, happy upbringing and loved my high school years.