Auckland NZ

Discussion in 'Education' started by JJay, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. JJay
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    JJay New Member

    Hi there

    I am 39 live in Auckland NZ and am looking at starting a career in the boating industry.
    For the past 22 years I have been banging keys as a computer programmer in a cramped little office, and now I need to move on.
    Can anyone offer me advice, I understand I will need to go to a technical college. Am I to old to be an apprentice ?.
    Should I volunteer at a boatbuilders yard for a few weeks just to make sure I am in the right area.
    My first option is working on the Hull and Deck instead of masts/rigging sails. Apart from that I am not fussy.

    All replies appreciated. :)
  2. RThompson
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    RThompson Senior Member

    Hi JJay,

    Have a look at UNITEC, they have a modular boat building course. In any case they would be pretty good to talk to about your situation.

    Most boat yards would show you around if you asked them for a tour, it would give you an idea of what its all about. most wouldn't turn down free labour if you are offereing... Another place to try might be various racing yacht campaigns - they are often on tight budgets and would like some volunteer labour.

    If you haven't already, get some time onboard a yacht (power or sail - what ever turns you on).

    I imagine there are opportunites in the bigger yards (ie shipyards) for computer based work if you were that way inclined. - saves going back to square one.

    Good luck,
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