Trade Careers Project

Conor Seed

Supporting women displaced from employment from Covid-19 and encouraging them to join the booming Construction and Infrastructure industry. A number of support resources were developed for both employees and those considering and wanting to learn more about trade careers opportunities. To find out more visit: This was a Women in..Read More

Girls with Hi-Vis® most successful year

Conor Seed

Girls with Hi-Vis® most successful year with with 23 workplaces opening their doors to 539 students from 64 schools in 11 regions around NZ. Key findings from GWHV student attendees: Before attending GWHV event: Q. Did you have an idea about a career in the trades or services? A. 55%..Read More

Winner of multiple awards!

Conor Seed

Winner of the Not-for-Profit Gender Diversity Award at the Women in Governance Awards Winner of the Inclusive Leader – Gender Champion Award (Frances Hague, Connexis Board Chair) at the Women in Governance Awards

Celebrating success

Prue Feely

2019 was the biggest year for GWHV yet! 22 events with over 450 attendees. Companies are actively targeting women to recruit into teams because of the positive benefits gender diversity brings to the teams and company Female representaiton in the industry has been raised from 2% to 8% While this..Read More

Supporting other industries – Women in Trades research

Conor Seed

Connexis was involved in the Women in Trades Research Consortium in partnership with other ITOs. This was 3 years of research, with the findings released in 2019.  The project aimed to support getting more females into trades across industries that are traditionally male-dominated. The research formalised understanding of barriers for..Read More

Highlighting success with the Ultimit ambassador programme

Conor Seed

In 2018 the Ultimit: Women in Infrastructure Ambassador programme was launched. The programme formalised agreements with female trainees and their companies to be the voice of the industry at key functions and media.

GWHV industry expansion

Conor Seed

The Civil and Water industries joined the Energy sector in promoting and hosting Girls with Hi-Vis events.

Revolution to Evolution – Girls with Hi-Vis launched

Conor Seed

By 2015 Ultimit was no longer trying to change the perception of the Electricity industry in terms of employing females.  The industry was on-board and keen to recruit females.  The new challenge was now finding females keen to join. As Frances Hague the Ex-chair said – the project had moved..Read More

Connexis Emerges

Conor Seed

In 2013 the Government undertook a rationalisation of Industry Training Organisations (ITO) and ESITO merged with the Civil Construction ITO Infratrain to form Connexis. Ultimit is given further commitment with this ITO merger. Having a project manager the Ultimit story was formalised with more information made available to industry partners..Read More