More women wanted

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

A drive to re­cruit more women into the elec­tric­ity sup­ply in­dus­try has won the con­tin­ued sup­port of in­dus­try heavy­weights Trans­power, Ge­n­e­sis En­ergy and Vec­tor.

Each of the com­pa­nies has made a com­mit­ment for 2013/2014 to sup­port the Elec­tric­ity Sup­ply In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Ul­timit pro­gramme, which is aimed at re­cruit­ing more women into the in­dus­try’s trade and tech­ni­cal roles.

Ul­timit co-or­di­na­tor Philippa Dally said in the past year the num­ber of women trainees in the in­dus­try had in­creased by 18.

‘‘Our in­dus­try has sat at 1 to 2 per cent of fe­male trainees in a trade and tech­ni­cal role for quite some time.

‘‘To in­crease to 3 per cent is a start to break­ing that bar­rier,’’ Ms Dally said.

‘‘It’s a pleas­ing re­sult in the right di­rec­tion but we would like to do much bet­ter,’’ she said.

The in­dus­try has set up a web­site, www. ul­timit. co. nz, to en­cour­age young women to ap­ply for trade and tech­ni­cal po­si­tions and to pro­vide back­ground in­for­ma­tion.

Ms Dally said women still tended to view th­ese types of roles as men’s jobs.

‘‘Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth.

‘‘We have a num­ber of women in the in­dus­try who have come through the trades route and have gone on to hold se­nior man­age­ment jobs.’’

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