Only 6% of women work in infrastructure-related jobs and young women across the country are being encouraged to consider a career in the industry.

Last week more than 20 high school pupils took part in the Girls in High-Vis event, beginning at the Wanaka Recreation Centre before shifting on-site.

The pupils were taken to Golf Course Rd where water main and pump station upgrades are occurring.

The on-site part of the day gave pupils exposure to the diverse skillsets needed for the various roles in infrastructure.

These included using an extractor, scaling and virtual reality traffic management simulations.

HEB Construction graduate engineer and event organiser Tess Allen said she was looking forward to seeing more women in the industry.

“I love being in the outdoors and being hands-on, actually seeing progress happen. That’s why I’m so passionate about getting other females involved in the industry,” Ms Allen said.

She acknowledged the limited number of women in the industry inspired her to support girls wanting to enter it.

Girls with high-vis…Mt Aspiring College and Dunstan High School pupils had a taste of different career options within the infrastructure industry on June 9. PHOTO: ASPEN BRUCE

“I’m really keen to get as many girls involved and that’s why it’s awesome having all these girls out here today, being able to have a go and find out what it is like to work in this industry,” Ms Allen said.

Mt Aspiring College pupil Molly Wilson agreed more women needed to be involved.

“As the years go on and as the generations grow, it’s important that more women can be inspired to come in and work, because it’s not just a man’s job,” she said.

Mt Aspiring College pupil Jaleesa Webb’s decision to explore the career was a generational one.

“I have a lot of family in construction. My dad is a builder and my brother left school and took that opportunity as well.

“I think it’ll be a really good pathway for me,” she said.

She said the profession would provide lifestyle diversity as an internationally recognised skill-set.

“To get a qualification without having to go the academic route. It’s an international career that you can take wherever in your life. There’s lots of opportunities,” Miss Webb said.

A Connenix spokesman estimated about 640 girls across the country would take part in one of the events this year.

In June alone, 29 workshops are being hosted throughout New Zealand.