Students connecting the lines
Fifteen Taranaki students will get a close up look at the life of electricity linesmen this week thanks to a joint promotion by Powerco, Downer and Taranaki Futures.
Powerco and Downer have invited Taranaki secondary students to attend the annual Connexis Line Mechanic competition at Mystery Creek while Taranaki Futures has provided the link with the schools.
Taranaki Futures is an initiative that provides a clear line of sight from education to employment in the region and its general manager Warwick Foy has been encouraged by the interest shown.
‘‘Students from Spotswood, Coastal Taranaki, Waitara, Francis Douglas and New Plymouth Boys’ schools have signed on for the trip,’’ he said.
‘‘It is a chance for them to experience and consider this particular part of electricity distribution as a career path. ‘‘Electricity distribution offers wide range of career a opportunities,’’ he said.
‘‘These can range from operators, technicians, designers, managers to engineering roles. Young people don’t always get the chance to learn what is available in these sectors and how to link their schoolwork to this type of employment.’’
The Line Mechanic event provided a perfect opportunity to do this and he encouraged all schools and students to pursue such openings.
The trip comprised a mix of male and female students.
‘‘There is a push for more young women to take up work in the electricity sector.
Female participation is encouraged and girls need to open their eyes to the opportunities out there,’’ he said.
Daniel Pitt and Hamish Weir attach cross arms as part of the pole installation challenge at the Connexis Line Mechanic competition.