Every day is different

From Carpentry student to Senior Apprentice at NZ Proud

The only subject Ryol really enjoyed at school was woodworking. So, when he finished Year 12, he enrolled in WelTec’s Level 3  Carpentry programme, where he was able to work with his hands every day.

“It was a really good stepping-stone from high school to full-time work.” Classes were 9am to 3pm, Monday through to Thursday, and  tutors were always available to help guide them in the right direction.

“You get out everything you put in, so as long as you apply yourself, you’re good.”

Class time was hands-on. They learnt all the basics of being an apprentice, in an environment that replicated a real work site—like  how to cut straight and use the tools properly. It was a friend from class that helped Ryol get a job at NZ Proud.

Now, after only being at NZ Proud for a short time, Ryol is a Senior Apprentice. He loves being able to work on residential properties,  as it means he’s working in a small team where he can learn a lot, plus the clients are always really grateful. “Every day is different.

We do everything from the foundations to the finishing touches, which gives me a wide range of experience. My favourite thing to do  is the finishing touches, like skirting boards and handrails, as you have to be very precise.”

Ryol loves being able to step back at the end of the day and see all they’ve accomplished. He plans to stay at NZ Proud while he  becomes qualified.

To anyone interested in studying Carpentry at WelTec, Ryol says, “Just do it. It can take some time, but as long as you’re willing to  learn and apply yourself, your skills will develop.”

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