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University isn’t for everyone and Pasia Filo is a case in point, preferring a much more hands-on approach to life.

Crazy about cars

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.
There’s a common misconception out there that if you’re a landscaper then you’re ‘just a labourer’. But landscaping can take you places.
Forestry – don’t judge it before you know it, says Blake Jones, who recently gained a Bachelor of Forestry Science with first class honours from the University of Canterbury.
Looking for a job that allowed him to work outside while interacting with other people, Caleb found plumbing to be made of just the right stuff.

Trucking along

"My dad’s rapt I’ve got this job!” laughs automotive apprentice Logan McConchie, who has a family history in the transport industry.

Smash hit

Glen Laurenson has been restoring beaten-up vehicles to their previous states for most of his adult life.

Meat mastery

Since beginning his butchery apprenticeship 31 years ago, Terry McKee has relished everything that his career has had to offer him.

A world of colour

Maile Koloto never saw painting as a profession in which he might excel, but after spending a summer mastering the trade full-time he’s taken quite a shine to it.
Kenny McCord started his journey into mechanical engineering with an apprenticeship, and hasn’t looked back since.
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