Passive and Progressive

Sunbuilt, a proven builder of quality-crafted, passive homes in central NS, is led by ‘one man talent show’, Red Seal carpenter and craftsman Mitch Taylor. The company builds quality homes for environmentally-conscious owners and Mitch lends his expertise from site selection to turn key finish.  

Mitch needed an apprentice who wanted to learn all aspects of the craft, but could also tote sheets of plywood. He let the Office to Advance Women Apprentices know what his needs were and matched them with a direct entry carpenter. Sunbuilt is now not only passive, but progressive in giving a new apprentice an opportunity to start her career. 

Measuring Up

“I was clear that I needed an apprentice who was teachable but could also unload the truck, and carry full sheets of plywood and get the work done,” laughs Mitch. “The Office to Advance Women Apprentices took time to understand the way I work and came out to a build site to see the scope of what we are doing for the homeowner on these passive houses. The office saw the opportunity for a newcomer to carpentry to learn all aspects of home building … I wanted an apprentice who I could train the way I work and also the way I handle my tools and gear. That equipment is my livelihood and the apprentice has to understand that.”  

They Nailed It!

Mitch says when he met the apprentice he was impressed with her enthusiasm and thought a two week trial period was a good way to find out if she was a good fit. 

“Now she is preparing to write her first technical training level in Carpentry with NS Apprenticeship Agency. It has been a positive experience working with the Office to Advance Women Apprentices. (They are) always there if we have a question … they even made us a bit famous putting us on those buses and billboards,” chuckles Mitch.

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