Kortney Heit was an Apprentice Carpenter in 2021 when she saw an online promotion for the Ramset Apprentice Program and decided to enter.
To her surprise she was announced the winner of the major prize, which included the market-leading Ramset™ FrameBoss™ XPM.
The then-fourth year Apprentice said the prize was an absolute gamechanger at a time when she wasn’t earning much and allowed her to work more efficiently.
“I had a basic power tool kit but in regard to EPTs I didn’t have anything like that,” she says.
“Winning meant I could do my job effectively without having to borrow anyone’s tools.
“It was great, so good – it helped me out so much.’’
Work basically stopped when she arrived on site with her prize, which also included fasteners and Ramset merch.
“Everyone was so envious when I turned up on site the day after [receiving the prize],” she says.
“They were all ‘how the hell did you get that?’”
“Everyone was saying, don’t use it, it looks too pretty to use.
“I was paying for my own nails, and they supplied me with Ramset nails, two different styles, and power loads.”
The timing of the prize was ideal, as Kortney was working on a series of slab-based luxurious new builds that required a lot of fastening work.
“I needed a good nailer to do internal and external linings as well as floorboards and used this a lot.”
As an Apprentice, the FrameBoss, backed by Ramset’s reputation for quality and servicing, was a dream product but one that was out of her price range.
“Honestly, I would not have been able to afford it [on an apprentice wage].”
Kortney can’t say enough positive things about the FrameBoss, including the fact it is significantly quieter, has reduced recoil and is more efficient than competitors’ products.
“Prior to getting the FrameBoss I was using an older one that felt like I was shooting an actual gun.
“I could now smash out a frame much quicker than the guys having to manually load their guns.”
As part of the prize, Ramset representatives helped Kortney set up the product and explained the importance of regular servicing to avoid misfires.
“I’m still following their advice and taking very good care of it,” she says.
“She looks a bit rough now as she’s used a lot on site, but she still looks good.”
Being an Apprentice in any industry involves lots of hard work, thinking on your feet and learning as you go, but Kortney says the friendships she has made are unlike any other workforce she’s been part of.
“I’ve worked in medical, retail, customer service but trades people are very genuine, at face-value people.”
Kortney urged others to enter this year’s Ramset Apprentice Program as it could provide a life-changing opportunity for another young person, this time, with 3 market-leading Ramset tools up for grabs.
“It could change your life like it did mine and could help you out when you are in a bind like I was.
“I can’t thank Ramset enough for what they did just by giving me that gun.”