Trade Careers is brought to you by the Women in Trades Collective (WITC) and is supported by BCITO, Connexis, Skills, and Competenz.
These are the industry training organisations that look after the apprenticeships and training you need to work in the infrastructure and construction industry.
We want to significantly increase the number of women, specifically those who have lost their jobs or who are underemployed due to COVID-19, entering the trades — with special attention being paid to Maori and Pasifika women.
At present there are only 1,653 women in apprenticeships and managed apprenticeships in the construction and infrastructure sector. This is an overall percentage of 3.2% of the total 35,428 people who enrolled between the start of 2019 and now in construction and an overall percentage of 10.21% in the infrastructure of the total enrolments to date.
Firstname Surname / Painter &
Jenny / Architectural Consultant & Former President of NAWIC
Priya / Pre-trade building apprentice
We want to learn more about the barriers and opportunities that employers experience to employing women.
In May we will be running a series of co-design workshops across Aotearoa New Zealand to develop solutions to increase women’s participation in the trades.
We have received funding from the Tertiary Education Commission.
Women in Trade Collective:
We are guided by Te Roopu Tautoko:
Jude Van Wichen Miller
Stuart Lawrence /
Chair Maori & Pasifika Trades training
Laisa Pickering /
Ultimate Ambassador Connexis
Colleen Upton /
NAWIC Trades Representative
Elizabeth Cramer Roberts /
Amanda Williams /
BCITO business development advisor
Ana Morrison /
DCE Partnerships & Equity, Te Pukenga
Josh Williams /
Principal Consultant, Skills
Kylie Taffard / Chairperson Women in Trades NZ, HOD Careers Whangārei Girls High School, and EdD candidate.
Hoe Ākau/Education Mentor at
The Mind Lab and PhD candidate
Sarah Toase /
NAWIC Wellington Chapter Chair