Project Details

A three-year project, jointly commissioned by the Ministry for Women and Ako Aotearoa, to increase the participation and success of women in construction and engineering related trades where they are traditionally under-represented. A collaboration of four Industry Training Organisations, representing 86 industry sectors and 38 percent of all industry training, 18 associated industry and educational organisations and 19 secondary schools.


The primary aims of the project are to:

  • identify the characteristics of an effective learning journey for women entering trades
  • use that information to increase the participation and achievement of women in construction and engineering-related trades
  • increase equity in the workplace.


The project's methodology includes working directly with pre-trade and in-trade women; working with trade employers and working with data to establish benchmarks and measure change.

It includes:

  • defining problem and/or promotional issues
  • developing a plan of action
  • completing an action and/or intervention
  • completing reflection and analysis of outcomes
  • building and disseminating tools, resources or guides for women, employers, educators and leaders in learning and teaching.

A foundation group of organisations is involved in the research project led by the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO); Competenz; Connexis and the Motor Industry Training Organisation (MITO); Auckland Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT); the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT); The Southern Initiative Māori and Pasifika Trades Training; Kelston Girls’ College; and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).


In progress


$535,000.00 (excl GST)

$150,000.00 National Project Fund
$385,000.00 Industry Funders

Key Findings

Key Recommendations