Women transforming the construction sector

BCITO is proud to support two high-achievers who received awards recently.

Winners at the second annual Hayes NAWIC Excellence Awards have been hailed as “inspirational leaders who are passionate about changing the construction sector”.

During an awards ceremony held at Macs Function Centre, Wellington in September, BCITO former and current apprentices took out two of the award categories.

Carmen SuttonCarmen Sutton from McIntosh Builders in Ashburton took out the title of Tradeswoman of the Year for her strategic leadership and outstanding communication skills. A home renovation project saw Carmen switch careers from truck driving to building houses and she’s never looked back. Currently, she leads sole-charge building project while also training apprentices.

“When I initially looked into getting into building, my boss Alastair McIntosh suggested that I complete a pre-trade course and get back to him, so that’s exactly what I did. I was steadfastly determined and it’s that determination that got me on-board as part of the team initially.

“I’m humbled and honoured to receive this award and it’s given me the opportunity to show my deepest gratitude to Alastair McIntosh Builders for their support and vote of confidence, and for encouraging me to believe in myself.”

Natalie Thornton, of City Decorators Ltd in Christchurch was the winner of the Apprentice and Student Award.

Natalie ThorntonNatalie’s desire to create a better life for her family led to her taking up a painting & decorating apprenticeship. She’s highly motivated and often has full responsibility for an entire job. She’s focussed and wants to lead her own crew in future.

She says her biggest challenge can be daily life! “It’s full-on, children, work, paperwork, apprenticeship, health & safety training, small business management course and running a household. I try hard to keep everyone happy and be the best mother and trade professional I can. For helping me achieve this award, I thank my two boys Jessee and Mitchell for putting up with my constant busy schedules, my boss Dave Paki for continually supporting me, and BCITO Training Advisor, Paul Lewis, for inspiring me to achieve my dreams.

“Our industry is continuously evolving and I love to stay up-to-date with innovations in materials and approaches. I set high standards for myself and the quality of work I deliver. 

BCITO was pleased to be able to provide assistance for these two women to attend the ceremony in Wellington to receive their awards.

Although the number of women in the construction industry has grown exponentially in recent years, they still only make up 5% of the industry. While women are hard at work in just about every construction job, we’d like to see that percentage rise.

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