Harmony Court first female finalist in New Zealand Electrical Apprentice Awards

Harmony Court was a finalist in the 2016 Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition.
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Harmony Court was a finalist in the 2016 Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition.

In an industry dominated by men, an Auckland woman is showing the guys how it's done.

Mt Albert resident Harmony Court, 23, recently competed in the 2016 Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition.

Court, along with one other contestant, were the first two female electrical apprentices to ever make it to the final of the competition in its 15 year history.

Court says she has never met another female electrician in Auckland.
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Court says she has never met another female electrician in Auckland.

Despite not winning the final, Court says she will be back next year as she has unfinished business.

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"I'll definitely be coming back, I've got to win it," she says.

Women make up about 3 per cent of the electrical industry.

While Court has never met another female electrician in Auckland she says she has never felt as though she has to prove herself.

"Yes, it is a boy's club, all trades are and it has a certain stigma. But that's never been an issue for me.

"The quality of my work shows for itself and it's easy when you love what you do," Court says.

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Court was born and raised in Whangarei and moved to Auckland for her apprenticeship.

She says she would recommend a trade to anyone who is leaving school or considering a career change.

"Trades are awesome, there are practically no bills by the end of it and you are actually getting paid to learn," Court says.

Master Electricians chief executive Neville Simpson says it is exciting to see two women make the finals and hoped it would inspire others to join the industry.

"The calibre of entrants this year was extremely high and Harmony has shown she's one of the very best," Simpson says.

"She's shown that women are not only very capable of working in the industry, but they excel at it," he says.

The finals were held in Lake Taupo and each contestant had to complete a range of tasks designed to replicate a real industry setting.

 - Stuff

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