Girls get a taste for construction

A group of budding builders have been given a taste of the world of work this week (22nd February) at Incommunities’ construction training centre.

The youngsters (aged 10 – 16) took part in a special ‘women and girls’ day for the housing group’s female staff and their daughters and young relatives as part of celebrations leading up to International Women’s Day in March.

During the taster day the youngsters had a go at joinery, basic plumbing and also had great fun building wooden table top holders, pencil cases and toys.

All the activities were supervised by Incommunities’ skilled trades’ professionals.

The young girls were also given a presentation on the theme of International Women’s Day 2017 – ‘be bold for change’ and the importance of realising your ambitions.

Fourteen-year-old Maddie Robertshaw from Wilsden, came along to the taster event with her step-mum, Helen, who works in the group’s HR. Maddie said: “It’s been great day and I’ve learnt lots about building work.

“The best fun was making a wooden rabbit and learning woodworking skills with one of the woman apprentices.”

Jez Lester, Incommunities’ Assistant Chief Executive, Asset Management, said: “As an equal opportunities employer, we are committed to encouraging everyone – male and female – to reach their potential and build successful careers.

“Through events like this we want to open up the world of work to young people and construction is one area where it would be great to see more women take up professional careers.

“Hopefully, it will encourage some of our younger generation to take their first steps towards an eventual career in construction!”

As part of International Women’s Day celebrations (8th March), Incommunities’ Equalities Group will be organising an information session for staff and inviting them to make a ‘pledge for parity’ for women and girls.

Last year, as part of International Men’s Day, the housing group also held a ‘lads and dads’ event to encourage more young people to get a ‘taste’ of working in construction.

Written on 23rd February 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News