MainPower gets girls into hi-vis

Yesterday MainPower played host to local women who are interested in pursuing a career in the electricity distribution sector, as part of "Girls with Hi-Vis" month.

Girls with Hi-Vis is an initiative run by Connexis, the industry training organisation for New Zealand’s infrastructure industry. Open days have been arranged throughout the country, with the aim of showcasing the opportunities for women in trades and technical roles.

MainPower’s event attracted participants from regional high schools as well as several young people considering career changes.

Participants learnt about the electricity distribution industry and the career opportunities available to them. The group were also taken on a site tour, heard from women working in the industry and were taught how to wire their own extension cords.

Ellie Pugh from Kaiapoi High School is considering a career in the electricity distribution industry when she leaves school; she said “It was great getting to try something for ourselves. We made our own extension cords and got them tested and certified as safe. I can’t wait to go home and show everyone what I did”.

Less than 4% of Connexis’ trade and technical trainees are female. Speaking at the event, MainPower Chief Executive Bruce Emson said that there’s no reason for the numbers to be that low, “There’s plenty of space and opportunity for women in this industry, we just need to make sure the encouragement and information is there for them to make the leap”.