First fe­male to make sparky fi­nals

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - TOM CARNEGIE

In an in­dus­try dom­i­nated by men, an Auck­land wo­man is show­ing the guys how it’s done.

Mt Al­bert res­i­dent Harmony Court, 23, re­cently com­peted in the 2016 Elec­tri­cal Ap­pren­tice of the Year Com­pe­ti­tion.

Court, along with one other con­tes­tant, were the first two fe­male elec­tri­cal ap­pren­tices to ever make it to the fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion in its 15 year his­tory.

De­spite not win­ning the fi­nal, Court says she will be back next year as she has un­fin­ished busi­ness.

‘‘I’ll def­i­nitely be com­ing back, I’ve got to win it,’’ she says.

Women make up about 3 per cent of the elec­tri­cal in­dus­try.

While Court has never met an­other fe­male elec­tri­cian in Auck­land she says she has never felt as though she has to prove her­self.

‘‘Yes, it is a boy’s club, all trades are and it has a cer­tain stigma. But that’s never been an is­sue for me.

‘‘The qual­ity of my work shows for it­self and it’s easy when you love what you do,’’ Court says.

Court moved to Auck­land from Whangarei for her ap­pren­tice­ship.

She says she would rec­om­mend a trade to any­one who is leav­ing school or con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer change.

‘‘There are prac­ti­cally no bills by the end of it and you are ac­tu­ally get­ting paid to learn.’’

TOM CARNEIGE/FAIR­FAX NZ.

Harmony Court was a fi­nal­ist in the 2016 Elec­tri­cal Ap­pren­tice of the Year Com­pe­ti­tion.

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