We had the pleasure of attending the Hays NAWIC Awards on 17 August where we hosted a pre-event meet and greet celebration. All guests and BCITO representatives were able to meet and congratulate the finalists representing the trades under our coverage. It was great to have the finalists' Training Advisors present to support them on the night.
Tradeswomen of the Year Awards
- Alice Petuha, (Richard Hull Builders Ltd), Carpentry – Hamilton
- Olivia Ward, (Fred Lilley Builders), Carpentry – Seddon
- Sarah Murray, (BuildTech), Construction Trades Supervisor – Auckland
Student/Apprentice Excellence Award
- Emma McIntyre, (Elite Window Solutions), Architectural Aluminium Joinery – Warkworth
- Rachel Corbett, (Martin Goulden Builders), Carpentry – Lower Hutt
- Tamsyn Settle, (Leighs Construction), Carpentry – Christchurch
Professional Woman of the Year
- Heidi Johnston, (Windowmakers), Architectural Aluminium Joinery - Silverdale
Some fantastic results were achieved, with Olivia and Sarah achieving Highly Commended Awards for the Tradeswomen of the Year category and Tamsyn receiving a Highly Commended Award for the Student/Apprentice category.
An aspiration to be the best in her field combined with a passion for empowering her staff saw Heidi Johnston of Windowmakers win the Professional Woman of the Year Award. Heidi’s commitment to sharing her knowledge with the industry, while encouraging her employees to upskill by establishing a culture of learning within her two Aluminium Joinery businesses impressed the judges.
Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards winners, highly commended and special merit awards winners with NAWIC President Jenny Parker.
#tradesforme was a two-day event hosted by BCITO that brought together 430 students from 34 different schools all over Auckland to give them a hands-on experience of what it’s like to work within the construction industry.
Amelia Watts had never imagined entering the painting and decorating trade until she had the opportunity to get some hands-on experience with the help of BCITO and local Waikato firm Wilton Contracting.