Thu 13 Dec 2018

From student to apprentice

Kahn Mullin always figured he would get a trade.

So, at the end of 2017, he left New Plymouth Boys’ High and enrolled in a carpentry course at WITT.

Twelve short months later, he has secured an apprenticeship with Clelands Construction in New Plymouth.

WITT News caught up with Kahn as he was working on some formwork at a home on Hurford Road last week.

“It’s my first week – and I’m still stoked.”

He could confidently use a hammer and a saw before arriving at WITT but soon learnt a great deal more, helping course colleague build one of the two three-bedroom homes erected this year on the WITT site.

The towering 18-year-old quipped: I was too tall to be a plumber…”

He was soon dividing his time between coursework and work experience and impressed Clelands staff after being recruited to assist with work on the new airport terminal at New Plymouth Airport.

Kahn will spend the next four years as an apprentice.

Clelands has 15 to 20 apprentices in employment at any one time and is the biggest contributor of qualified building professionals to the construction sector in Taranaki. The company employs an average of five new apprentices and carpenters every year and is recognised by industry training providers to be one of the most proactive and supportive employers nationally.

“We offer work experience to a dozen or so high school and pre-trade students every year,” Clelands’ Managing Director Michael Braggins told WITT News.

“The best of these are offered apprenticeships and grow to become our carpenters and site leaders. During his work experience, Kahn demonstrated that he was practical, punctual and committed and had the right attitude to learn and grow in the construction industry.”

WITT Tutor Chris Gibson was delighted to see another one of his students progressing from the classroom to full-time work.

Next year there will be even more, as three buildings are erected on the WITT site.


Pictured: Kahn Mullin has secured an apprenticeship with Clelands Construction.