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Girls with High Vis

27 June 2018

L/R Ione Pau (PowerNet) with Jade Cavanagh-Hawkes, Toto Albert and Hannah Hinton, simulating a switching operation on a Ring Main Unit.

PowerNet hosts Girls with Hi-Vis Workshop

Eighteen Southland women from various local high schools and training institutions were given a glimpse into career opportunities at PowerNet today (Wednesday 27 June).

PowerNet was one of eight infrastructure organisations around New Zealand which opened their doors as part of ‘‘Girls with High-Vis Month’’ — an initiative from Connexis, the training organisation for New Zealand’s infrastructure industry.

PowerNet GM Human Resources, Marcus Waters, said presentations were given from PowerNet team members to the attendees about what their role was in the company and the study paths they had taken to achieve their positions.

The women were also shown areas of the company’s operations including touring the System Control room. To complete their industry taster each woman enjoyed the experience of getting into the bucket of the PowerNet Elevated Work Platform and using the controls to get up close to the de-energised poles at PowerNet’s onsite training ground.

“The aim of the initiative was to show the women what careers are available in the electricity industry and encourage them find out more if they were interested,” Marcus says.

‘‘It is not an obvious career path for women, so the purpose of ‘Girls with Hi-vis Month’ is to make the industry more visible for them.’’