We have written extensively here about the need to get more women into construction. The recent initiative by hub South West, supported by Kier, Graham, Morrisons and Morgan Sindall, involved an eight week course facilitated by New College Lanarkshire.
It has been extensively reported in the trade press, but, in short, it was an eight week course, with no formal entry requirements, aimed exclusively at young women. Successful participants gained the National 5 qualification in Construction Crafts and are now well placed to advance to HNC level or pre-apprenticeship training.
The course covered a wide range of relevant disciplines, from painting and decorating to masonry work, carpentry and joinery. The students also had work placements, site visits and lots of other opportunties to see the front-line of construction.
We are aware there will be some (possibly many) who simply don't regard construction as an industry for females. While we should cherish their right to say what they think, I'd only make one point. It wasn't that long ago that boxing was not considered a suitable sport for women. I venture that most men on a building site would not fancy getting into a ring with Nicola Adams, the first woman to win an Olympic boxing titlle. The world is changing and construction needs to change fast to keep up!
Chris Peace, MD, Peace Recruitment