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Grace Design, Built Grows

Thirty-seven-year-old Kunal Kumar who started his business from his bedroom now employs his father and owns two architectural design and built companies. Grace Design and Built now employs more than
16 Feb 2021 09:38
Grace Design, Built Grows
Grace Design & Built.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kunal Kumar who started his business from his bedroom now employs his father and owns two architectural design and built companies.

Grace Design and Built now employs more than 40 employees and is located along Vitogo Parade in Lautoka.

In 2010, he graduated with his diploma in architecture from the Fiji National University.

By 2014, after returning from his previous employment in New Zealand he noticed the need for the business in Fiji.

This is when he made up his mind to stay and start Grace Design.

Grace Design and Built director Kunal Kumar. Photo: Susana Hirst-Tuilau

Grace Design and Built director Kunal Kumar. Photo: Susana Hirst-Tuilau

Later into 2017, he then expanded his company to Grace Built. Mr Kumar said there was and still is a shortage of trade skilled workers and he finds it surprising how youths still choose to chase white collar jobs.

“We are draftsmen and building designers. There are not enough trade skilled workers.”

“When we first started, I found that it was hard to trust the construction company building it, to stick to the plans.”

“There was always a variance and we had no control about the quality. Therefore, we started Grace Built.”

“We now have control of the quality of work we provide. This makes it more reliable. There is a huge need for tradespeople.”

“It shocks me to still see the amount of youths still chasing white collar jobs.”

“There is enough already and that is half the reason there is so many graduates who still have not found work.”

“Who will build and construct the homes of these white-collar workers?”

Grace Built has built more than 25 of those projects.

He added he has already invested an additional $50,000 this year already and said there are still plans to invest and expand more.

The young business owner urged youths and school leavers to consider pursuing draftsmanship, joinery, carpentry, tiling, plumbing and trade skills.

 

Feedback: susana.tuilau@fijisun.com.fj


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