Napier apprentice Paul Taurima encouraging others into trades - Hawke's Bay Today

16 October 2017

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A Napier engineering apprentice is on a mission to get more people into trades.

Paul Taurima is an engineering apprentice at Foot Engineering in Napier through Competenz (an industry training organisation).

He is a speaker at a series of events organised by Competenz to encourage Maori and Pasifika school levers into trades apprenticeships, especially engineering.

Mr Taurima says his job involves a range of roles and responsibilities to ensure the workplace runs smoothly including being a courier driver, rubbish man, a builder, forklift driver and cleaner as well as engineering tasks.

"Every day is a challenge and that's why I love it.

"I love that at my job you might be welding a bicycle then one phone call later, you're packing the bush truck to repair a digger, then maybe at the port doing maintenance.

"Every day is different and the variety of work my company covers is so vast, I'm going to have a good set of skills when I qualify."

Undertaking an apprenticeship has been incredibly useful as he would not have been able to learn about the job any other way, he says.

"You can't be told you might need to hold the angle grinder on this angle to cut there for example, you need to be doing it.