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Engineering for Girls

Waikato Trades Academy - Girls Engineering Programme (Level 2)

Wintec have teamed up with Hamilton based manufacturer Longveld to offer a unique training course for young women interested in a career in fabrication and engineering.

It will see young women, at year 11 and 12 level from Waikato Trades Academy Partnership schools, attend  one day a week at Wintec's Trades & Engineering workshops where they will build a fuel powered mini-bike, while gaining credits towards their NCEA Level 2; and also spend a week (36 hours) gaining on-the-job work experience at Longveld, a leading Engineering & Stainless Steel Manufacturing business in Hamilton. ​​

Programme details: 

More detailed information on what you would learn as well as timetables can be seen on the following pages:


Entry criteria:

  • Female
  • Year 11 or 12
  • Studying at a Waikato Trades Academy Partnership school


About Longveld

Operating internationally from Hamilton for 22 years, Longveld places a strong importance on forming partnerships in the community and providing equal employment opportunities, says Managing Director Pam Roa.

"We are committed to providing work experience for young people in the engineering trades. We want to help them make choices that suit their skills and aptitude. However women are under-represented in our sector and we are working hard to address this. Gender diversity benefits workplace culture and therefore long term sustainability. We have had up to five female trade staff in our workshop at any one time and currently 40% of our managers are women, and we want to build on this."

Click here for more information on Longveld


The Waikato Trades Academy

The Waikato Trades Academy is a Government-led initiative, free to students, which sees Wintec partner with 31 Waikato secondary schools to encourage students to stay in school for longer by engaging them in hands-on learning.

Click here for more information on the Waikato Trades Academy


If you are interested, please contact your school's Careers Advisor for more information.