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Women in White - painting a future in trades

June 2008

Women in White - painting a future in trades

Wellington based company Women in White are a painting company with a difference. Created in 2006, they provide a high-quality painting and decorating service to customers throughout the region with a team of female staff. With demand for the service growing daily, the biggest limitation to date has been the difficulty in finding suitably qualified staff.

Caroline Robinson, Manager, notes that finding the right staff with both the appropriate skills and right attitude has been a challenge. “Our philosophy at Women in White is to do it once and do it right. To deliver this commitment to customers it is crucial that our team has both quality training and an appreciation for the importance of customer service.”

The answer to Caroline’s problems came in the form of WelTec pre-trade painting graduate, Clare Dunkerley. Caroline was connected with WelTec through local modern Apprenticeship Coordinator, Belinda Weepu and WelTec tutor, Nigel Philipson. A relationship quickly ensued and Caroline was quick to recruit Clare. “Claire completed a Certificate in Pre Trade Painting in December and is a great example of the quality of staff we are seeking. We are delighted to have her on board, she is part of the future success of Women in White.”

Caroline is equally pleased with the connection she has made with WelTec. With her business taking off she is on the look out for more apprentices. “With WelTec, we have managed to find staff that have a commitment to the professionalism of the trade and it is a relationship that is mutually beneficial.”

The passion and commitment of Caroline and her team was quick to rub off on new apprentice, Claire. “I started working for Women in White in December and have now been taken on as an apprentice. I think the concept of Women in White is a great idea. We receive a lot of work and have a great reputation.”

Clare knew from an early stage that a desk job wasn’t right for her and she is enjoying the diversity that a career in painting brings. “I knew I wanted to do something with my hands. I think that people are starting to catch on that woman can do anything. I liked the idea that it wasn’t going to be all classroom work. I found it easier to learn at WelTec in an environment where you are able to make mistakes, you can take your time and there is less pressure.”

To congratulate Clare on her apprenticeship, Wattyl representative, Emilie Purnell presented her with a backpack full of painting equipment including painting overalls, a hat, brushes and more. “Wattyl are pleased to be associated with WelTec and Women in White. It is great to see young people in the painting trades, something both organisations support”.


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