NZCB In The News – 21 June 2024 – The Press

Construction skill shortage: More women builders needed

It never occurred to Courtney Willan that she could be a builder when she was growing up, but now she is one of the country’s top apprentices – and the industry needs more women to follow in her path.

Willan was always creative and enjoyed making things, but she headed to the University of Canterbury after school and did a BA in English and history, with a view to teaching.

But that career did not feel like the right fit for her, so she and her partner decided to try a selection of different activities to see if they could find a better option.

One activity was a six week woodwork night class, and she loved it. It prompted her to do a one year pre-trade course in carpentry at Unitec, and from there she signed up for an apprenticeship.

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