No easy fix for tradie shortage
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.