Pamela-Rose Clarke graduates top of her NZMA class

Pamela-Rose Clarke graduates top of her NZMA class

Tuesday 5 July

Pamela-Rose Clarke graduates top of her NZMA class

Pamela-Rose Clarke is a woman forging a career in a man's world.

The 27-year-old Otahuhu resident is lifting the game for women in the construction industry. After being a stay-at-home mum to her 4-year-old son, she wanted to do something new.

Clarke graduated with a level 4 certificate in building from NZMA last year? and because she was top of her class she received a 12-month work scholarship with Nuline Construction.

"Just go for it, if you put your mind to it and just do what's needed you'll be able to do it. Just keep trying till you get there," Clarke says.

"I didn't think I'd be able to do what I'm doing. You think it's a man's job lifting all that building stuff but they're always there to help. That's the good thing."

Clarke is one of the only female builders she knows and says she's lucky to have a good team.

"I was brought up with guys so just being around them is normal to me, even being the only girl I'm used to it. I'm proud of myself.

"My dad and two brothers are in the construction industry," she says.

Clarke enjoys working on residential areas because building houses for people makes it feel worthwhile. One day she would like to be in charge of a site and eventually own her own business.

"The best thing about working in this industry is feeling good when you come to the end result. I've learnt so much already. I'm proud to know all these things now."