June 18, 2019
Wāhine swell trades trainee ranks
A growing number of wāhine are seeing a future in the trades.
UCOL says 44 percent of trainees in its four Te Mataroa – Māori and Pasifika Trades Training courses in Manawatū, Horowhenua, Wairarapa, Whanganui and Taumarunui are women.
While they dominate the health science and hospitality courses, at 90 percent and 80 percent respective, one in five of the automotive and construction tauira are wahine.
Kaitūhono mahi work broker Kelly Johnston, says the results were well above 2018.
She says it’s a direct result of the success of Te Mataora, which provides whānau-based support to all of its tauira and helps connect them to their heritage and culture while providing a safe space to learn and develop skills.
Te Mataora also introduces students to potential employers, and work with them for up to six months after the course ends.
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