Nic began his working life studying to be a snowboard instructor on snowy slopes in the US, but returned after a year to begin the process of becoming a qualified builder.

“Even though I really loved snowboarding and doing my stint in the US was good fun, I decided that I wanted to have a career where I could determine how much I wanted to earn in an industry with so many opportunities, so I ended up doing my building apprenticeship.”

Nic did his four-year apprenticeship through the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO).

“Doing an apprenticeship is an awesome way to learn. Not only do you get paid while you study, so you don’t end up with a huge student loan at the end of things, but you also get to learn hands-on from professionals who carry out the job day in and day out. All you really need to begin is a driver’s licence, a job and a great attitude!”

Now with over 12 years’ building experience under his belt, Nic enjoys the freedom that having a trade can provide. Nic now runs his own inspection company, Wellington-based CheckHome, alongside his family building company. The company provides pre-sale, pre-purchase and maintenance reports for home buyers and home sellers.

“At CheckHome we do things like providing a cost estimate for an area of concern so the customer can understand how much it costs to fix. We also do our best to utilise all the latest technology while still providing that old-fashioned service.”

Being outgoing, loving the outdoors and just being hard working are a few of the traits that Nic says will stand those going into the construction industry in good stead. Nic enjoys the fact that through his job he gets to meet people from different walks of life. He also keeps up to date with the latest technologies, and through his wide range of skills he’s able to work on any personal projects that he might have.

“Being a builder is such a useful trade because you get to make something out of nothing with your own bare hands. In my case I am able to use the skills that I have learnt and apply it to different areas of business; for example, real estate and property managers.”

As he considers expanding CheckHome throughout the country and into Australia, Nic knows that considerable hard work will be required, but is philosophical about it.

“If you’re working hard and having fun while you do it, then the work won’t seem all that hard.”

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