Builder Andrew Martin, right, with his new apprentice Taine Dillon, who applied for the job after reading about it in Nelson Weekly. Photo: Andrew Board.

Builder finds his apprentice


It took two months, saw almost 90 applications sent in and attracted support from local businesses – and now builder Andrew Martin has found his apprentice.

Taine Dillon was a year 12 student at Nayland College when he saw an article in Nelson Weekly featuring Andrew and his building company, who were on the hunt for a new apprentice.

Taine says he wrote his application straight away.

“I had a deal with my dad that I couldn’t leave school until I got an apprenticeship. I’ve always wanted to be a builder, it sort of runs in the family.”

Taine says he was doing work experience with a builder through the Gateway programme that runs through Nayland College.

“I’ve had that taste through Gateway, but it’s been teasing me because it was just one day a week and then I’d have to go back to school.”

Taine says he was “stoked” when he was given the job.

“I think my dad was more happy than me, he had a smile on his face all day. I think it hit me the day after.”

Andrew says the quality of applicants was superb.

“I was surprised by how many there were and how many good ones there were. There were eight that we rung up and interviewed and of those there were four really good ones that I would have been happy with. Taine edged it because of his energy and enthusiasm.”

Taine was given $400 worth of tools from Mitre 10 Mega and a some free lunches thanks to Subway Richmond.

Andrew says if any other builders need an apprentice to get in touch because there are some top applicants still without a job.

“I’d also like to donate $200 to the Nelson Tasman Hospice on behalf of the Nelson Weekly, because what you guys did for me was awesome. We’ve got a great apprentice out it.”