A born and raised Aucklander, Michael spent his formative years overseas in South East Asia and the UK before moving back to NZ to resettle permanently. After living and working seasonal roles in the vineyards of the Hawkes Bay he returned to Auckland to pursue a career in hospitality.
Following on from 12 years in bar & café leadership, sales account management, and recruitment roles Michael made the decision to change his lifestyle and step away from the office to learn a trade – spurred on from labour shortages in the industry and a yearning to be ‘on the tools’, picking up new skills his future development. Always open to new ideas, he’s enjoyed bringing a background in service, methodology and systems to help this transition as a modern apprentice/adult apprentice.
Over the past 8 months Michael has been working part time as a self-employed contractor and completing his Level 3 in Carpentry. Learning the ropes of managing his own business, balancing tertiary study at Unitec and spending time with his young family has been both a challenge and a learning curve, but exciting and highly rewarding.
Michael’s future ambitions lay firmly in becoming a qualified LBP and being able to align with a forward thinking and innovative company to further his professional and personal development. He enjoys the physical nature and varied environments that come from being a tradie and is looking forward to going full time later this year.