A Rotorua scheme is empowering young apprentices fresh out of study.
Yianni knew exactly what he wanted to do after leaving secondary school, and through help of a family friend, landed work as a labourer with Right Angle Builders Ltd in Wellington.
Bob Meertens wasn’t entirely sure about what to do when he left secondary school, so he decided to travel for a short time while figuring out the next step.
Robin Hendricks works at the Mad Butcher in Onehunga as an apprentice butcher, and he is completing the National Certificate in Meat Retail Butchery (Advanced), Level 4 – so he’s pretty handy with a knife.
Reuben Drew has always enjoyed nature and growing things, so it was inevitable that he would wind up in a job working with trees.
James Goldswain loves the variety of his job as an apprentice electrician – whether it is working under a house and coping with confined spaces, dirt and mice one day, or working on a ladder high up on a pole the next day, it’s always different.
Nic Patterson, who has always loved being outdoors and couldn’t sit still as a child, thinks that becoming a builder was the perfect way to keep himself busy and be outdoors at the same time.
University isn’t for everyone and Pasia Filo is a case in point, preferring a much more hands-on approach to life.
Having grown up around cars and motorsport all his life, Trent Gibbs had always had an interest in what was going on under the hood.