Education & Employment

Caleb's Bright Future

Youth Guarantee careers profiling

I was home schooled until I was 15, but my parents wanted me to get recognised qualifications—so I enrolled at E&E at the start of 2016.

I love building and working with my hands. Constructing things is what I really enjoy. I thought E&E was great because you get all the benefits of school—literacy and numeracy, NCEA credits and NZQA qualifications—but in a practical way. Learning by doing is how I best understand, and that was supported and encouraged at E&E.

I achieved NCEA Levels 1 and 2, a Level 2 Certificate in BCATs, and my literacy and numeracy qualifications. This set me up for the further training I want to do: Level 3 and 4 Building at polytech and an apprenticeship. I’m hoping to move on to construction management in the future.

At the moment I am studying at Toi o Homai Polytechnic and working as an apprentice, which my course allows me to do. It’s the perfect balance between theory and practical. I’m seeing how the whole industry works.

I’m doing what I love and the future looks great!

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