Name: Peter Ravn

Age: 26

City/town: Christchurch

How did you get into this line of work? I’ve always enjoyed building things. I did a degree in fine arts majoring in sculpture at Canterbury University. When I’d finished I couldn’t find work and my brother, who is also a carpenter, said how much he enjoyed it. When he began building in Christchurch there was a need for skilled labour and building apprentices. He influenced my decision and it’s great because you get paid to study. So I started a BCITO building apprenticeship with Armitage Williams Construction.

What does a typical working day look like for you? At the moment I’m managing an EQC repair of a set of storage units. So my average day involves talking to a lot of people on the phone getting sub-contractors on site and liaising with the project manager and the engineers.

What qualifications or training did you need? An apprenticeship. While studying as an apprentice I won Registered Master Builders Carters Apprentice of the Year 2018. I was really shocked that I won.

What are the best bits about your job? The people that you meet within the industry; the guys on site are really great. And getting paid is pretty cool. When I was on the tools it was great to be working with your hands.

What are the worst bits? Getting up really early. I need to be on site before 7am, sometimes well before 7am. And the weather. Working in the rain is not so pleasant.

What’s your biggest career goal? I’d like to own my own company be my own boss and make decisions and plan the direction of what I want to do.

If you weren’t doing this job, what would you most likely be doing? When I was at university I worked at Mitre 10, so something like that. I don’t really know.

 

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