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Got A Trade! Ambassadors

Meet the real life Got A Trade heroes. Listen to their inspirational training and employment stories on how they've got it made!

Meet the Ambassadors

  • Dylan Samson

    Dylan Samson

    Water Reticulation Technician

    Taking a leap of faith into a career as a pipe layer at 19-years-old has certainly paid off for Dylan Samson.

  • Elaine Pereira

    Elaine Pereira

    Apprentice Light Vehicle Technician

    Elaine Pereira wasn’t necessarily a car enthusiast. She wasn’t actively looking for a new career path either. But one small moment changed everything. 

  • Lialiai Semisi

    Lialiai Semisi

    Store Manager

    While Lialiai Semisi had the right attitude and commitment for a management degree, her bank account couldn’t quite stretch to cover all the bills she was accruing to study at university.

  • Lucas Kelly - Barber

    Lucas Kelly


    Barbering is a truly diverse career. You can travel with it, open your own business, and educate others too.

  • Mark Watson

    Mark Watson

    Community Support Worker

    Mark Watson, a Community Support Worker by trade, loves being at the front line in providing care and support to people with physical or neurological impairments. 

  • Paris Rose Ternent-James

    Paris Rose Ternent-James

    Apprentice Carpenter
  • Paul Taurima

    Paul Taurima

    Mechanical Engineer

    Paul Taurima has a huge variety of jobs and responsibilities as a mechanical engineering apprentice at Foot Engineering in Napier.

  • Sami Baker

    Sami Baker

    Apprentice Arborist

    Sami Baker clearly remembers driving past a crew of arborists in Christchurch years ago who were dangling from trees holding chainsaws and thinking ‘that would be a dream job’.


    Aaron Finlay

    Senior Leading Hand

    As a 12 year-old, Aaron Finlay took his first small steps towards a career in orcharding without even realising.