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‘The old ways are gone’: Number of women apprentices slowly growing in NZ

Apprentices Zoë Cowling, 22, Maddie Bryan, 18, and Mia Burford-Baynes, 23, say they’ve not experienced any disrespect as female tradies on the Ruru Homes lot.

Zoë Cowling says people are often surprised by her choice of career. “But not in a bad way – in an impressed way.” Cowling, 22, is one of six beginning tradeswomen working on tiny homes at the Ruru Homes building site in Motueka, Tasman. The building apprentice says her confidence and knowledge have grown significantly since she started five months ago…”

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