Kicking off a trades career with an apprenticeship isn't the wild west scenario it used to be.
Young New Zealanders who take on apprenticeships or earn-as-you learn work programmes have an easier climb to the property ladder, say supporters of the sector.
If you needed further proof that a trade could be a lucrative career move, look no further than the Bay of Plenty.
As at November last year, there were 64 cranes on Auckland's skyline, more than in any of the 11 American cities tracked by the RLB Crane Index.
EIT is responding to a shortage of plumbers and gas fitters in Hawke's Bay's with a pre-trades programme that saw all nine of 2016's graduates securing jobs in the industry.
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.