Meet our Drafting Cadets

Vicki Reader

Drafting Cadet, Christchurch

Hi, I’m Vicki and I’m a structural drafting cadet at Holmes Consulting based in their Christchurch office. I have been with Holmes for about a year and a half now, and I studied a 2-year Diploma of Architectural Technology at Ara Institute.

What’s fun about working at Holmes?

It’s the people and the culture at Homes. It’s the great projects we get to get involved with, it’s the amazing teamwork, and it’s being recognised and rewarded when you do hard work. And of course, there’s always those social events and Friday night beers.

What projects have you worked on?

I have worked on such a wide range of projects so far in my time here. I have worked on hospitals, on schools, I’ve done heritage projects, I’ve done earthquake strengthening. I’ve worked on both small scale and large scale projects. Honestly, the variety is endless.

If I want to be an architect, is this the right role for me?

Honestly, no. If your interests and dreams lay in the aesthetical appeal of a building, then maybe this position isn’t for you. But I think it’s worth noting that we realise many courses cater heavily or even solely towards architecture but that doesn’t limit you to only an architectural position.

William Mason

Drafting Cadet, Wellington

Hey, I’m William and I have been with Holmes for a year and a half. I studied a Bachelor of Architectural Studies at Otago Polytechnic and graduated at the end of 2019.

What does a structural drafter do?

Structural Drafters play a crucial role in the Engineering industry. We collaborate with Engineers to communicate ideas and concepts of Engineering design.

How would you describe working at Holmes in 3 words?

“Welcoming”, “Collaborative”, “Rewarding”

Has there been anything that surprised you about starting work?

The support network available at Holmes really surprised me. I thought I would be thrown in the deep end, but on my first day with Holmes, I was partnered up with a buddy and a people leader, and everyone in the office was willing to help regardless of their position.

Dean Hayton

Drafting Cadet, Christchurch

My names Dean, I’ve been a drafting cadet in the Holmes Consulting Christchurch office since the start of February. Before working at Holmes, I studied a Diploma of Architectural Technologies at the Ara institute of Canterbury.

What does career progression look like for you at Holmes?

While at Holmes, I’ve been given the opportunity to get involved in technical development work on the side of drafting. I was able to work with a number of new people from within Holmes and hope to continue with this work moving forward.

I don’t have any experience using Revit, is that an issue?

Not at all. I had almost no experience with Revit before starting with Holmes, but they have a great training program that had me up and ruining with Revit within a month or so.

Are there any training programs for drafting cadets?

Yes, we have Holmes University every two weeks where we cover everything from drafting specific topics to technical engineering subjects. There are also a couple of cadet and graduate workshops during the year where we get to meet other cadets and hear from some of the Holmes management.

Anna Hamilton

Drafting Cadet, Hamilton

Kia ora ko Anna tōku ingua; I am a drafting cadet in the Hamilton office. I’ve been with Holmes Consulting for seven months; I studied Spatial Design at Massey University for my undergraduate and continued with a Masters of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington.

What did you do to make your application stand out?

To stand out in my application, alongside my CV and Cover Letter, I included my Academic Transcript and a Portfolio of work from my study. I made sure I catered these documents to the position description so that my portfolio and experience represented the diversity of work and adaptability.

What was your interview process like?

I interviewed with Holmes Wellington head drafter and a member of the People & Culture team in the Wellington office. After the initial interview, I was invited to meet the drafting team, and shadow a drafting cadet to get a feel for their day-to-day project work and understand the relationship between drafters and engineers.

Do you have a buddy, or any type of training when you first join? 

When I started at Holmes Hamilton I began my Revit training with Revit 101 & 102, which have been written by Holmes drafters for Holmes cadets. I was paired with a drafting buddy for my first week, and they’re still my port of call for all my Revit questions, as well as just coffee breaks.