Women in Industry event opens up the world of construction

22 October 2020

Women in Industry event opens up the world of construction

NorthTec is running a special evening event for women who are keen to get into the male-dominated world of construction and engineering.

The Women in Industry event takes place at NorthTec’s Future Trades centre at 19 Dyer Street, Whangārei (off Rewarewa Road) on Monday, 2 November, from 5.30pm to 8pm.

It will be opened by Whangārei District Mayor, Sheryl Mai, and will feature talks from several successful women already working in the construction and infrastructure industries locally.

The speakers include: Aidan Bryers - Project Manager, Canam Group; Fiona Bycroft - Northland Regional Manager, McKay Ltd; Arden Hermans - Site Engineer, Fulton Hogan; and Dharia Ward - Health & Safety Manager, Earthworx Rural & Civil Ltd. Both Fiona and Arden are also representing the Northland Women’s Infrastructure Network, in partnership with Infrastructure NZ.

Sam Kelly, NorthTec Acting Associate Director, Products and Delivery, said: “We know women have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and that upcoming government spend has been allocated to training in apprenticeships, construction and infrastructure development as part of Northland’s economic recovery.
“We also know young women are not always aware of the great careers to be had in infrastructure, building, project management, engineering and manufacturing.”

The evening will include tours of the Future Trades centre’s purpose-built workshops for construction, machining, health and safety and automotive, mechanical and electrical engineering. There will be opportunities to try out the tools, observe a health and safety demonstration and talk to our tutors.

NorthTec offers a wide range of programmes based around the engineering, construction and trades industries – with several being available fees-free in 2021. These include Level 6 diplomas in civil engineering and architectural technology, along with courses in mechanical, automotive and electrical engineering. There are also several programmes to choose from covering construction, carpentry, trades painting and workplace health and safety.
NorthTec will have a total of 27 fees-free programmes in industry available in 2021.

To attend the free Women in Industry event, members of the public are asked to RSVP at https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/northtec-women-in-industry/whangarei 

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