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Wilfred, HEB ConstructionTalofa lava and kia ora.

My name is Wilfred Cross and I’m from central Auckland. I’m an apprentice drain layer for HEB construction. I’ve been working different jobs throughout Auckland. This is my second year with HEB construction and I love my job!

For me, I can get easily distracted so it’s best if I am actively listening, staying focused and asking questions as well if I don’t understand. Being able to listen and watch others with more experience than me makes me able to pick up their skills and learn for myself.

My biggest challenge with studying

In the lockdown was not being in the classroom; interacting with the other students and tutor. Over the internet, it was a challenge to sit and pay attention to our Zoom sessions.

Teach us something

I learned how to do this easier.
Height (point A) x height (point B) ÷ 100 x Distance = grade or fall %
For what the pipe needs to be for a good flow of water.

Best learning takeaway and why it makes a difference to you

So much I have learned from these classes. I have improved in both literacy and numeracy skills. I am now able to work out volumes and areas, perimeters, grades and falls. It’s all, important learning that is helpful on the job and makes me work smarter not harder.

My goal for the future

Is to be a certified drain layer. To be the best in the business!


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