Development organisation hub South West is celebrating success following the conclusion of the first Women into Construction course, which was facilitated by New College Lanarkshire to attract more female interest into the industry.
The public/private organisation – with contracting partners Kier, Graham, Morrisons and Morgan Sindall – supported the eight-week course which was open to young females, with no formal entry requirements. Those taking part were given a broad variety of skills to try, including masonry work, carpentry and joinery, and painting and decorating, and they were taken to a number of live construction sites managed by the supporting contractors to see those skills in action.
The course also provided ambassador talks, visits to design offices, CSCS-specific safety training and work placements. It provided a National 5 qualification in Construction Crafts to participants, who may now progress to a choice of pre-apprenticeships or move into a professional career route at Higher National Certificate (HNC) level.
Margaret Milton, community benefits co-ordinator at hub South West, says: “As an organisation which actively promotes the ethical and sustainable development of the construction industry, hub South West has been pushing hard to see a significant rise in the numbers of young women realising the fantastic career opportunities ahead of them within what has been, traditionally, a male-dominated industry.
“The course caught the young women’s interest from the start. They quickly formed a collegiate, supportive environment where each participated fully in their efforts to find out more about the career opportunities available to them and I’m proud to have taken part.”
The organisation’s chief executive Michael McBrearty adds: “Our continuing drive to show young females the possibilities of a career in construction is an aspect of hub South West’s work. I take pride in. It’s important that young people, regardless of gender, see the bright future they can have through a career in construction.”