No easy fix for tradie shortage

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE -

that’s how we’ve grown our busi­ness, by bring­ing ap­pren­tices on.’’

Ap­pren­tices com­ing into the trade were still learn­ing the ropes and it wasn’t un­com­mon for them to make mis­takes, some­times costly. On top of that, a qual­i­fied tradie would have to over­see them, tak­ing up pre­cious time.

Car­pen­try ap­pren­tices take around four years to train while plumb­ing ap­pren­tices can take five years or more.

Quinn says the train­ing sys­tem needed to be bet­ter aligned with how con­struc­tion now works.


Hutt Gas and Plumb­ing ap­pren­tice Nikita Ward started her ap­pren­tice­ship in 2015. She is one of only 22 fe­male plumbers and plumb­ing ap­pren­tices na­tion­wide.

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