It keeps me interested, because it changes all the time.Tusi Tupe, Dispatch Control
Hayley Gallagher left school at 16 years old and knew uni and a desk job just wasn’t the pathway for her.
“It’s important to have a vision of what you want to achieve. It gives you direction and purpose,” she says.
Completing her electrotechnology apprenticeship in 2009 Hayley says her involvement in, and passion for, sports gave her the skills and confidence she needed to start her apprenticeship.
In 2012 Hayley and husband Leon opened the doors on their business partnership, Next Generation Electrical providing quality servicing of all residential electrical needs in the Bay of Plenty region.
“Owning and operating my own business is taking my career to a whole new level. It’s not about working harder necessarily, it’s about working smarter.
“I love being able to work with my husband. We both have numerous years of experience in the industry and complement each other well which makes for a great team.
“I’ve found many opportunities to grow, develop and enrich my career,” says Hayley.
In 2011 she was involved in a competition called ‘First Light Project’. New Zealand was one of four international countries to enter this competition – run by the U.S. Department of Energy.
“The aim was to build a completely solar powered house, and I assisted with the electrical works. We ended up placing third which is a massive achievement,” she says.
Hayley is already working on her next challenges – training up their new apprentice through The Skills Organisation and ensuring sustainable growth for Next Generation.
“Too often people take their work on a day-to-day basis. I believe in the importance of long range forecasting and succession planning for our company.
“It’s all about the big picture. Having an apprentice gives us the opportunity to give back to the industry by training up new skilled and qualified people.
Life isn’t all work and no play for Hayley.
“I am fortunate our work is flexible. I’m training for a half iron man right now so being able to schedule days the way I want to, get work done and still balance life outside of work is fantastic,” says Hayley.
What advice does Hayley have for upcoming electrical apprentices?
“Do your homework, pass your studies and work hard. But it’s also important to be able to switch off sometimes and give yourself a break. There’s so much opportunity out there for you if you commit and put in the work.
“It’s harder than I ever imagined, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.” she says.