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Women Constructing New Zealand

NZMA hosted their first Women in Construction breakfast earlier this month, with a group of high achieving female construction talent inspiring NZMA students.  The aim of the breakfast was to create supportive networks to empower, educate and encourage students to launch their career in trades.  Further breakfasts are planned.

women in trades breakfastLeading the panel, and facilitating discussion was Erica Cumming, who is the Advocate for Women at BCITO.  Participants on the panel included Monica Kershaw (the first woman in New Zealand appointed to the board as a Registered Electrical Worker), Corrina Gibbons-Hurinui (Senior Project Manager with Xigo), and Ellen Sharland, who works in the design team for a build contractor specialising in manufacturing industrial builds for Ebert Construction.


NZMA General Manager Operations and Business Development, Monique Le Marque says, “It’s really important for our students to feel they are on a career path with real opportunity to progress.  Having women who have succeeded in the construction industry here today, to tell their stories, and to encourage and inspire is invaluable.”

NZMA has a dedicated careers team who support and place their students into jobs that fit their skills.  With a vast network of industry partners, students and tutors, NZMA is well known to produce graduates with the skills employers want.

Demand continues to grow for skilled workers across the industry, and women are being encouraged to think about a trade as a career. With NZMA recently launching a new campus in Mount Wellington, a number of programmes are available including: Construction, Electrical Engineering, Painting and Plastering, Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drain Laying, and Youth Guarantee Level 2 all at a single NZMA hub.

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