Own­ing a house not big­gest suc­cess

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Buy­ing a house is not the big­gest suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to Manukau home­owner, Frank Uati.

He’s been in the trades for the last six years and would rec­om­mend an ap­pren­tice­ship over uni­ver­sity to any teenager who is un­sure which ca­reer path to take.

The 26-year-old is cur­rently proud of where life has brought him, with­out any stu­dent loans and a house to his name.

Uati, who is in the fi­nal stages of a four-year print ap­pren­tice­ship with Philstic La­bels in Te Atatu, says his se­cret to suc­cess is that he ‘‘never said no’’ to any job.

‘‘I was keen and will­ing. That’s the men­tal­ity the younger gen­er­a­tion should have,’’ he says.

The quadru­plet says it’s ‘‘not about the qual­i­fi­ca­tion you get from uni, nor the CV, it’s about the per­son who is will­ing to try’’.

The former Otahuhu Col­lege stu­dent says part of the prob­lem is ca­reer ad­vi­sors in schools ‘‘have no knowl­edge about trades’’.

‘‘When I was in a school, I only got my level 2. They pushed me to the side and fo­cused on all the stu­dents who wanted to go to uni. Hope­fully, it’s changed.’’

He is an am­bas­sador for in­dus­try train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, Com­pe­tenz, and is shar­ing his story in a se­ries of school vis­its.

The as­pir­ing politi­cian says he will be con­tent when ‘‘I see Pa­cific and Maori peo­ple rise up and break the mould to bet­ter the com­mu­nity’’.

KYMBERLEE FER­NAN­DES/STUFF

Frank Uati be­lieves there is no such thing as ‘can’t’.

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