Our team is immensely proud to support the Royal New Zealand Air Force to help more young women consider a career in the aviation industry.  This week we had the pleasure of sponsoring the School to Skies programme, which is a Tech and Aviation Camp for young women in year 13.

Height’s Project Manager and wāhine toa, Georgia Richards, and Senior Project Manager and ex-NZDF veteran Dany Rassam, participated in group discussions and shared their career experiences with the eager teenagers. 

We also supported Florence Parker – from Sacred Heart Girls College in New Plymouth – to travel to Auckland and spend time at the Air Force base in Whenuapai.  Florence is considering a future in the Air Force and has a dream to work for NASA as the first female Māori astronaut!  

As a business that is both veteran-owned and empowers women leaders, we are passionate about supporting young women to work in the New Zealand Defence Force.  

Georgia Richards said it was truly an honour to share some of her career experience with such a talented group of young women.

“What an incredible group of bright, driven and inquisitive minds! I am also grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to the journeys of the other mentors taking part. A key takeaway for me was that no path is linear, but if your choices align with your values, you will get to where you are needed most,” she says.

Florence said School to Skies was such an amazing and eye-opening experience. 

"It totally opened my mind to the career possibilities within the Air Force - there's so much more available than I realised, and it was so inspiring to hear the stories of all the mentors. Everyone was so enthusiastic and I loved being around so many like-minded girls with similiar goals and interests," she says. 

School to Skies is a Royal New Zealand Air Force initiative, originally developed in 2017 to address the low numbers of women in the male dominated military work force. Since then, it has grown into a broader diversity and inclusion programme. Ka rawe!

Pictured are Georgia Richards and Dany Rassam with Florence Parker from Sacred Heart Girls College.

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