Jo Sterling is an excellent example of a woman not afraid to start a new career after having children. At 30 years old, she is nearly three years into her building apprenticeship, and although there are challenges, she encourages other women to give it a go!
It was a difficult decision but the judges have made the call, our 2019 Mitre 10 Trade Keynote Award winner is Flora Rivers.
Secretary of our National Committee, Tamara Croft, is a finalist in this years Governance NZ, Women in Governance Awards in the Not-for-Profit category.
Our friends at Johnstone Construction are finalists in the NZ Women in Governance awards. They are up for Gender Diverse Organisation of the Year.
Pip Buunk, 2018 Mitre 10 Trade Keynote Award Recipient, shares some highlights from her journey to becoming New Zealand’s only qualifed female driller.
Meet our inaugural Keynote Award recipient, Pip Buunk, and find out more about her inspiring journey as New Zealand’s only registered female driller.
Think tradespeople don’t earn much? Or that size gets in the way of getting the job done? Think again! Tradeswomen share thoughts & advice about life on the tools…
We are hosting a panel discussion about a trades career for young women at an Auckland secondary school. Meet our panelists and find out what inspired them…
Mention the word ‘scaffolding’ and what do most people think of? A male-dominated, tough-guy industry, which is no place for a woman. Anyone thinking that hasn’t met Maggie. In January 2018 Maggie became the first woman to sign on for a NZ Scaffolding Apprenticeship.
“It’s exciting making things that people can use. I'm happy I came to do this course, because it gave me a bit of a different look at a career for me.”
New Zealand Management Academies Ltd (NZMA) hosted their first Women in Construction Breakfast on 10 May with a group of high achieving female construction talent inspiring NZMA students. Women in Trades were there too.
Forty-eight percent of New Zealand’s population are women, but they only make up 16% of the painting and decorating industry. Could investing in more female apprentices help the industry battle the current labour shortage? Tina Falconer, a painting and decorating tutor at Ara, certainly thinks so.
"Give it a go, because it can be done. Don't be intimidated by plumbing being a 'male's job'. Women can do it too,"
The idea of working in tight spaces, with grime and sewer pipes gives most people the heebee jeebies. But Nikita Ward gives a different perspective.
“Everyone thinks ‘plumber’ means sh*t,” says Nikita. “I’ve been doing this for three years and only had to deal with it maybe ten times. The grubby stuff is crawling under houses. You get used to it. I quite enjoy it now. I like the challenge of squeezing into small spaces.”
BCITO had the pleasure of signing Tamara Tuhiwai into a new apprenticeship within the AAJ sector. Tamara will complete her apprenticeship at Vistalite Windows and Doors in Taupō.
“Just get out there and do it! There’s no difference between them and us”
Female trade apprentices love their career choice, but research shows that few considered a career in building or construction while they were at school.
“There's nothing that's stopping you from becoming what you want... I would love to be someone that people could look at and say 'since she did it, why can't I?”
Dragon Tamer? Magician? Space Station Boss? Our childhood dreams remain the same, so can revisiting them help our career choice? Sarah Jennings of Carlielle Kitchens took what made her eyes widen as a child and is threading a theme through her career.