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Sami Baker clearly remembers driving past a crew of arborists in Christchurch years ago who were dangling from trees holding chainsaws and thinking ‘that would be a dream job’.
Fast forward several years, and the 26 year-old is now the one dangling from great heights – most recently above an earthquake-ravaged SH2 near Kaikoura.Sami Climbs to the Top of her Game
Career and Finances Sorted
Most of Charles Corston’s friends are now graduating from university – many of them with hefty student loans. But Charles already bought his first home two years ago, aged just 19.
So what’s the secret to his success? An apprenticeship.
Charles began working part-time for his father’s Christchurch landscaping business, Pave Art, while still studying at St Bede’s College, and is now in his fourth year of fulltime work.Apprenticeship Gives Charles A Financial Head Start
‘New Boy’ to Management
As a 19 year-old, Jeremiah Love worked week-to-week as a field hand in Marlborough’s vineyards, trying to make a living.
But from the outset he looked for ways to improve his knowledge and skills. “I always watched and learnt from experienced guys to improve myself in any way I could,” he explained. “My aim was to be one of the best, if not the best, at every task that was given. That’s the competitive side of me coming out I guess.”
Fourteen years later, Jeremiah is now a field manager for Hortus Ltd’s labour division and is responsible for co-ordinating hundreds of hand-pickers who tend to 15 million vines each summer and 6 million vines in winter.Viticulture Study Helps Cultivate Leadership Role
Scoring a Sporting Break
Harry Middleton has always believed you can achieve anything you set your mind to and last year he landed a seasonal greenkeeping position at St Andrews in Scotland.
The 21 year-old has only been involved in the sports turf industry for the past three years but says it’s a career that offers endless opportunities.
“Everyone thinks it’s just mowing grass but there’s so much more to it than that. Aside from greenkeeping, you can branch out into golf course design, landscaping or building, then there’s other sports like cricket and bowling plus sports stadiums. It’s a job you can travel the world with because there’s a golf course or cricket pitch in every town.”Sports Turf Career From Mount Maunganui to ‘The Home of Golf’
Hired on the spot
Gardening is loved and loathed by people in equal measure – which is why qualified landscapers are always in hot demand.
“There’s always lots of work around because many people don’t like to get out in their garden and get dirty,” explains Tom Feeney. “I don’t mind it at all which is why I love the landscaping industry.”
The 21 year-old has worked for Auckland firm Humphrey’s Landscaping for the past two years and is currently completing his apprenticeship by doing on-the-job training and study through Primary ITO.
Read the full story below.Tom Discovers His Passion For Working Outdoors
Top Support All the Way
Tom Belworthy can walk down almost any street in Wellington and admire his handiwork which is on display for all to see.
Beautiful garden beds and colourful plantings on roadsides, roundabouts, community gardens and around war memorials are all carefully created and looked after by Tom and his fellow members of Wellington City Council’s horticultural team.
“There’s a garden we maintain on almost every corner of every street. It’s really satisfying once you’ve finished a garden and it looks really good. Everyone notices it and is very appreciative.”
Read the full story below.Helping To Keep A City Looking Beautiful