Tradie

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     SIMON SPINA

“You have to be fast, you don’t want to be the one causing a hold up.”

I am a concrete patcher.

When I left school, I wanted to do forensic science. But at the time, I was under the impression that forensics was only done by the police and that they didn’t have a lot of spots to take people in, so it was hard to get into. I kind of missed that opportunity.

Instead, I started a diploma in electronics and did it for a year. I liked electronics, but this was geared towards TV repairs, which wasn’t really what I wanted to do, so I didn’t end up finishing. Continue reading

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     GARY HALL

“They let us have all the old contacts – it was like winning the lottery!”

I’m the co-owner and co-director of Grange Joinery, specializing in high-end cabinetry and joinery.

I dropped out of school when I was 15, it wasn’t for me. I was good with my hands though, loved working on cars, building pergolas and such. My dad was a bank manager, but he was keen for me to become a tradie. You see, when he was younger, he wanted to be a plumber, but his dad made him get a ‘suit’ job. I suppose he wanted me to realize that potential for both of us.

After a brief stint in a building apprenticeship that didn’t work out, I sent letters to about 50 cabinet making companies. Out of the five that replied, I picked one, went to see them and started work the next day. I did my apprenticeship there for four years. Continue reading