These awards honour the outstanding achievements women are making in New Zealand’s construction industry. With 10 percent yearly growth rates predicted through to 2019 and 50,000 more construction workers required within the next five years, it makes sense to encourage more women to work in construction and to highlight career paths available in this exciting sector.
BCITO's Sally Davis, Training Advisor based in Wellington received a special award for Excellence in Construction Services for her contribution to industry training. As New Zealand’s first qualified female Signwriter, Sally has an extensive career in the construction industry and thrives on making a difference to apprentices’ lives.
Warwick Quinn, BCITO's Chief Executive says, "the NAWIC Awards are a testament to the strong dedication and work ethic of all women in construction, and a fitting way to celebrate just a few of their achievements. Congratulations Sally".
Category award winners
Rachael Rush, Klein - Professional Woman of the Year Award
Verena Maeder, Solid Earth Ltd - Tradeswoman of the Year
Sian France, Beca - Outstanding Achievement in Design Award.
Laura Clifford, Hawkins Construction - the Helen Tippett Award for actively promoting the participation of women in construction.
Steph McLeod, Stantec NZ Ltd and Vikki Stephens, Beca - joint winners Rising Star Award which celebrates future leaders in construction.
Sophie Lackey, Leighs Construction - Excellence in Construction Services Award
Gillian Linton, Arvida - Apprentice and Student Award (professional category)
Emily Sutton, City Care - Apprentice and Student Award (trades category)
Female trade apprentices are loving their career choice, but few considered a career in building or construction while they were at school, research shows.
Brad Gemmell qualified as a bricklayer at 21 years of age and hopped on a plane to London, ready to put his skills to the test. He returned to New Zealand a few years later and began his own business, Brad the Brickie Ltd in Wanaka.