Plumbing apprentice follows in Grandpa's footsteps

26 AUG, 2019 | Tāmaki News

Max Leuila is building a successful career in the plumbing industry thanks to help from the Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub.

New plumbing apprentice Max Leuila almost went down a completely different career path. He had thoughts of going to university and studying civil engineering, but that all changed when he discovered the Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub and Tāmaki College Trades Academy. Max’s decision to connect with the academy, and the hub, was strongly infl uenced by his family connections to the trades. “I did some renovations with my grandpa, who was a plumber, which made me change my mindset about what I wanted to be. “So, I joined the building and construction programme at Tāmaki College, which made me want to do plumbing. I wanted to challenge myself to do something new.”

The hub helped Max get his driver’s licence by putting him through a defensive driving course and connecting him with Stately Plumbing. But before he received the job offer, Max did the Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub’s pre-employment course, alongside many of his trades academy counterparts.
“The course included interview skills, prepping your CV and then we had one on one sessions with our tutor. It helped me a lot because I was able to build more confi dence in myself going to the interview after doing that prep course. That course made me feel really good and more confident about myself.”
The support continued after he got the job, with catch-up sessions at the Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub. “They were a really cool team and made me feel comfortable.”
As part of his trades academy course, Max spent time at Oceania Careers Academy in Mangere, helping prepare him for early morning starts and building site safety. The Glen Innes local’s apprenticeship will last four to five years, before becoming a fully qualified plumber, with 7.30am starts and work all around the city big parts of the job.

Tāmaki College trades academy options include building and construction, catering and hospitality and automotive options. Director of the Tāmaki College Trades Academy Rob Thomas says he’s excited the school has developed a positive relationship with the Jobs & Skills Hub. “We’re thrilled the hub has come on board to help us out by placing our students in apprenticeships and pushing them to get their learner’s licence.” He hopes to expand the relationship beyond building and construction to include its hospitality and automotive students. “We could open the gateway to all of those students as well.”

Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub manager Alice Taupau says it is great to be helping local students fulfil their dreams. “It’s always satisfying to help the fantastic students from Tāmaki College into work. Developing a relationship with the school’s trades academy has been a real positive for us and we look forward to helping more of their jobseekers in the future.”