Equality wins

Did you know that on 19 September 1893 New Zealand women won the right to vote? That’s 125 years ago! NZ’s pioneering women led the way, challenged the status quo and set a new standard for all society.

That’s why we’re celebrating women in the building & construction industry, as pioneers.  Just like Kate Sheppard, they are role models for future generations.  They took a bold step, grabbed hold of their future and are doing work they enjoy.

Of course, women don’t make these changes alone; it takes everyone working together to make progress happen. That’s why we also want to recognise the people behind the scenes driving further progress.

To celebrate this significant anniversary, we held a social media competition and asked our community to show us their pioneering spirit while wearing a special ‘supporting women in trades’ lapel pin we designed.

We received many entries and invited our followers to vote for their favourite image.

We’re delighted to announce the winner of our Women’s Suffrage Day social media competition and now heralded as our pioneering apprentice and employer.

Chelsea Roper, carpentry apprentice and her employer Michael Thurston of RMT Builders Ltd in Queenstown

They’ll both be attending the BCITO’s Annual Skills Summit and Gala dinner courtesy of BCITO, all expenses paid.

A great opportunity to hear inspirational people speak about the benefits of diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. We hope you enjoy and congratulations! 

Chelsea Roper

Thanks also to everyone who supported this competition by voting.

Don’t forget to take a breath and think about what equality means to you and your team.

We asked BCITO staff to nominate female apprentices and their employers to be named as 'pioneers' separate to the social media comp and we're pleased to announce the judging panel has made its decision and the following pioneers will also be attending the BCITO Skills Summit on us:

Jessica Leslie, Joinery apprentice and her employer Andrew Bellamy of Wood Solutions in Dunedin;

Caris Allen, Frame & Truss Detailing apprentice and Tim Davis her employer of Placemakers in Wanaka.


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