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.
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.
"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.”
“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?”
Meet Milvia Hannah, she has been in business for 26 years, dealing in residential kitchen designs for individual customers, commercial apartments and commercial projects.
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.