New Zealand's infrastructure industry has a skills gap when it comes to upgrading roading networks, replacing leaky water pipes, maintaining power lines or installing faster broadband technology, to name a few. These jobs are in high-demand, can be a lot of fun, and provide varied career paths…for women just as much as men.

Girls with Hi-Vis® gives female students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, hear from inspirational women in the industry and learn what a career in the infrastructure's civil, energy, telco and water industries can offer.

For Schools (TBC)

We are not currently taking school registrations. We will update you in due course when these open. If you would like to be on the mailing list for this, please click here.

Why attend

Find out about infrastructure and the career opportunities that exist. You'll get to see what jobs look like, complete fun hands-on activities, listen to inspirational stories.

This is a great event for young women in high school who:

  • enjoy working with a great bunch of people
  • like practical hands-on work
  • like a variety of work
  • like making a positive impact in their community
  • may not know much about what infrastructure is
  • not sure what to do after school or what career opportunities exist

The days typically run from 9am -2pm and can include activities like:

  • Having a go on an excavator
  • Climbing a power-line pole
  • Water testing
  • Virtual Reality Traffic Management simulations
  • Exclusive power station, water treatment, and construction site tours

Why host a GWHV event?

Make a positive impact in your business and community by introducing female school students to what a career in your industry and company can offer.

Open the door to your entry-roles, internships, gateway programme or apprenticeship.

Why are we doing it?

GWHV is increasing the opportunities for more women in join the sector!

Females only account for about 6% of employees in the Infrastructure Industries in general – an incredibly low figure given females make up 50% of the population! This means that females are well under represented in the industry. Lets change that!

We believe in having the best people working on New Zealand’s infrastructure, irrespective of gender, and with our current skills shortage, the idea of infrastructure being a “male dominated” industry needs to change.

Some stories and advice from awesome women in the industry

  • Kat Kaiwai - Ultimit ambassador Women in Infrastructure
Learn more about the jobs from our ultimit ambassadors here

Apply to co-host a Girls with Hi-Vis® event with Connexis in 2023

For any questions, please contact GWHV Event Manager, Hillary Riches at

Please note that completing this form does not guarantee you will be chosen to co-host an event with Connexis. We will endeavor to let you know by the 13th March 2023 if you have been selected to co-host.

View the Host Company Information document here.

    Your Name:

    Contact Email:

    Contact Phone:

    Company Name:

    Company Bio:

    Do you, or have you ever, engaged in any training through Connexis? If no, would you like to be contacted to discuss options?

    Which regions are you interested in hosting a Girls with Hi-Vis® event?
    NorthlandAucklandHamiltonBay of PlentyGisborneTaranakiTaupo/ManawatuHawke's BayHorowhenuaWairarapaNelson/MarlboroughWest CoastCanterburyChristchurchQueenstownOtagoDunedinSouthland

    Are you currently offering any recruitment opportunities, including entry-level job vacancies, apprenticeships, summer programmes, Gateway, work experience, or shadowing? If yes, please explain what opportunities you have available:

    In which regions do you offer these opportunities?

    Are you available from the 1st of June 2023 to the 16th of June 2023 to hold a Girls with Hi-Vis® event?

    What is your goal of hosting a Girls with Hi-Vis® event?

    Do you currently have any female employees in your organisation who could be present at the Girls with Hi-Vis® event to meet with the students?

    Is your organisation working on any notable projects that could be included in your Girls with Hi Vis® event? If yes, which projects?

    Is your organisation involved with your local community? Do you have an existing relationship with schools in your area?

    Please note: this form can take a little while to submit - so please be patient and only click "Submit" once. Thank you!