OK, so update time. A bit has happened since the last post.
1. The guy canceled on me the night before, saying he had some one-off job to go to up in Wagga Wagga, and we would need to reschedule. The guy was very keen initially, but seemed to be getting a bit flaky and the "I'll call you tonight/tomorrow" etc never seemed to happen
2. Got a call from some other guy a week or so later saying he got my number from guy #1 and wanted to give me a trial doing the same thing. Told me he'd call me.. whenever...and didn't end up calling. So i tried contacting both asking if they were still interested. #1, no response. #2 apologised and said he was rushed into hospital to have his appendix removed and won't be looking for another 2 weeks at least as a result.
3. So after going back over previous contacts and asking if they were still looking/hiring and getting no response...i ended up getting a response 2 weeks after i sent the initial email. It was from the original guy i spoke to over the phone in....March? He said a spot has opened up and to come in.
So i organised a day....and he didn't cancel!
He is a builder and has several jobs going that he kinda oversees and helps out when needed. I worked with 2 of his blokes that i would eventually be doing the apprenticeship with/for. Nice blokes got along well. This guy does everything from start to finish and does many different and interesting jobs around town. The site i worked at is buiding 6 multistory units in Richmond which has a multilevel parking garage!
Another site he just got was (re)building 8 cinemas!
Anyway, they all suggested i do an extra couple of days trial as they've had some bad luck with apprentices leaving or complaining its not for them, too hard, *insert excuse here*. So i ended up doing 3 more days.
They worked me hard. I've got cuts and bruises, aches and pains, got rained on and was put through the ringer. In one day i moved over 400 lengths of 3m 90x45 pine plus maybe 100 of hardwood and about 100 lengths of other random sizes and lengths. I estimated i carried timber for over 2.5km that day. I spent at least 2 hours of non-stop grinding through 1/2 steel to make brackets and various other jobs. Nailed in over 60 joist hangers (21 nails in each, hand nailed) which were all 3m+ off the ground, so up and down a ladder a billion times and various other jobs they trusted me with. All of this after i tweaked my knee (lucky i had my knee brace to control the swelling).
But i did it all, without stopping, complaining or playing on my phone and they were all very impressed and offered me the job.
So...i start there monday week.
I told Maccas that i got the job and wouldn't be doing anymore shifts there for a while until i see how much i'm getting paid and if i can afford to live of that. I may
do a weekend shift or something but i'll let them know later down the track. I fully intend to NOT go back if i can afford it, but i just don't want to burn all my bridges just yet.
Been a long haul, but it looks like i will be fulfilling my new years resolution of becoming a tradie. Normally i don't bother making these things as i have no interest in keeping the ones i do make. So this might be a first....and the first day of the rest of my life.
*insert some emotional ballad here*