“It teaches life skills, problem solving and communication. Its physical, there’s a huge amount of job satisfaction and you have the potential to take it anywhere in the world - plus you can set up your own business,” he says.
After leaving Nelson College in 1984, Steve started his carpentry apprenticeship with a residential building firm before moving to Gibbons Construction where he completed his apprenticeship and worked for a number of years. After a stint overseas, Steve returned to New Zealand and set up his own business, going on to build a number of homes before being employed as a labour only contractor to several local builders including Chris Barnett Builders Ltd and Graeme Heath. During this time he also built his family home.
Steve started teaching carpentry part-time at NMIT in 2001, eventually becoming a full-time tutor in 2002. He was heavily involved in setting up the ITAB (Industry Training Association Building)(external link) apprenticeship programme in 2003 and remains actively involved with this. Part of his role at NMIT involves assessing ITAB apprentices on building sites and liaising with their employers.
Advanced Trade Certificate – Carpentry, Certificate in Adult Teaching