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.

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