Meet Shevonne Evans, the BCITO and Window Association of New Zealand ‘Architectural Aluminium Joinery Apprentice of the Year Award’.
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.
Meet Plasterer Kirstin McGavin, she completed her apprenticeship in 2017 and has been working since then as a qualified plasterer with Tauranga Plasterers. Something that she never thought she would achieve.
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.
Female trade apprentices love their career choice, but research shows that few considered a career in building or construction while they were at school.
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.
Sara Bonner used to be a baker and cake decorator, now she is undertaking a carpentry apprentice.
Melissa Ryder, Interior Systems apprentice with Smartstop Limited, Tauranga, talks about how she got interested in becoming a wallboard plasterer.