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Women in trades scholarship helping fund ‘lifelong dream’ for students

Sarah-Lee Gurnick is studying the New Zealand certificate in electrical engineering theory at UCOL.

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Sarah-Lee Gurnick is studying the New Zealand certificate in electrical engineering theory at UCOL.

A new UCOL fund is providing a pathway for women to work in trades.

UCOL has started its first women in trades scholarship and 16 UCOL students have received a share of $11,500.

Launched in 2021, with support from two confidential donors and Mitre 10, students can use the funding to cover the cost of tools, travel, technology upgrades, professional development opportunities and more.

The goal was straightforward for UCOL’s executive dean of engineering and applied technologies Danny Reilly.

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“We want to encourage women into the trades sector, help them overcome barriers and give them a great kick-start to their career so they succeed.”

Grant recipient Sarah-Lee…

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