More women wanted
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.’’