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.  

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Firstname Surname / Painter &


Jenny / Architectural Consultant & Former President of NAWIC

Priya / Pre-trade building apprentice

Overall there are 13.5% of women in the trades including in administration roles.  We think these percentages need to be a lot higher.

Let us know if you’d

like to join us.

Our nationwide survey will help us learn more about women and what they need to enter the trades.


We will also be hosting focus groups around the country. 


A nationwide employer survey is also being launched at the same time.


We want to learn more about the barriers and opportunities that employers experience to employing women. 

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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.

Angela Meyer /

Project Manager

Emma Donnelly /

Project Coordinator

Morgana Watson /

Iwi Liaison

Sam Uta'i /

Pasifika Liaison


Women in Trade Collective:

We are guided by Te Roopu Tautoko:

Kelly Bennet

Jude Van Wichen Miller

Sarah Peldmanis

Taniya Scott

Louise Rutter


Stuart Lawrence /

Chair Maori & Pasifika Trades training

Laisa Pickering /

Ultimate Ambassador Connexis

Colleen Upton /

NAWIC Trades Representative

Elizabeth Cramer Roberts /

Apprentice Electrician

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