New schol­ar­ship for women in construction

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

specif­i­cally for women in the construction in­dus­try has been launched by Site Safe.

The schol­ar­ship, which will fully fund study to­wards the Cer­tifi­cate in Construction Site Safety, was an­nounced at the re­cent Women in Construction Fo­rum in Christchurch.

Site Safe Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ali­son Mol­loy said the event was the per­fect place to an­nounce the launch of the schol­ar­ship.

“This is for women who want to be the best that they can be and be­come lead­ers who in­spire oth­ers to see the ben­e­fit of a safe, healthy work­place.”

Stephanie Cerpa, who re­ceived a gen­eral Site Safe schol­ar­ship in 2015 and is now a Health and Safety Man­ager at Con­tract Construction, said gain­ing the cer­tifi­cate had un­doubt­edly helped ad­vance her ca­reer.

“It meant that I got where I wanted to be sooner rather than later. Get­ting the schol­ar­ship was so ex­cit­ing be­cause it gave me a high- qual­ity health and safety qual­i­fi­ca­tion which means em­ploy­ers know that I’ve had that core train­ing. The cour­ses I took for the cer­tifi­cate were rel­e­vant to the chal­lenges that I face all the time, and the train­ers were re­ally pas­sion­ate about what they were teach­ing.”

Cerpa was one of the more than 120 women who at­tended the suc­cess­ful event, where women from around the coun­try gath­ered to share their ex­pe­ri­ences and dis­cuss ways to im­prove work­ing con­di­tions.

Roofer TJ Daly said she hoped the fo­rum would help her meet other women fac­ing the same chal­lenges.

“I’d like to see more events like this to help women find other women. If you know the is­sues, it helps to talk to other peo­ple about it.”

Struc­tural En­gi­neer Honor Colum­bus said it was ex­cit­ing to see so many women get­ting into the in­dus­try.

“Construction has it chal­lenges at times, but work­ing in the in­dus­try is re­ally re­ward­ing and sat­is­fy­ing, so it’s worth it. I love my job!”


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