The aim of the breakfast was to create supportive networks to empower, educate and encourage students to launch their career in trades. Further breakfasts are planned.
Leading the panel, and facilitating discussion was Erica Cumming, who is the Advocate for Women at BCITO.
Participants on the panel included:
- Monica Kershaw - first woman in New Zealand appointed to the board as a Registered Electrical Worker
- Corrina Gibbons-Hurinui - Senior Project Manager with Xigo and has extensive experience with large scale complex projects.
- Ellen Sharland works in the design team for a build contractor specialising in manufacturing industrial builds for Ebert Construction.
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#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.