Women in construction event showcases career opportunities

Girls from an Anglesey school have been given an insight into the varied career options open to them in the construction industry.

15 students from Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones Amlwch took part in a day of activities organised by Coleg Menai, in partnership with CITB’s Women in Construction campaign and Redrow Homes.

A morning of hands on workshops in bricklaying, plastering and tiling at Coleg Menai kick-started the event followed by a thermal imaging camera session courtesy of Techniquest Glyndwr.

In the afternoon a site visit to Redrow’s Goetre Uchaf new homes development in Bangor took place, which included a full induction, similar to those undertaken by site staff, and an insight into roles such as surveying and architecture.

Catrin Williams, lecturer and STEM project coordinator at Coleg Menai, said:

“The event was aimed at raising awareness of sector career opportunities and promoting them to young women so they will hopefully consider these roles in the future.

“It was a busy day filled with lots of activities that has hopefully given the girls a real sense of what a career in construction involves.”

Karen Jones, HR director at Redrow, said:

“We were really pleased to offer our support to the Women in Construction campaign, and give 15 students the chance to see the stages of a live construction development.

“While on site the girls met with our area construction manager and a construction undergraduate trainee who provided a lively talk about their work on site and explained how the subjects they learn in school, like maths, are applicable to housebuilding.

“It was really encouraging that many of the girls in attendance were interested in architectural design and other careers, and we have provided further information on the roles available at Redrow for their consideration in the future. We are committed to promoting the varied careers offered within the housebuilding sector to women.”

Emrys Roberts, CITB Construction Industry Careers Adviser, said:

“With the construction industry growing, particularly in North Wales, there is an increased demand for skilled people in professional, technical and craft roles within the sector. It is important that the industry is able to attract the best talent, male and female, to meet the demand. This event will hopefully inspire more females to consider the range of great opportunities that construction has to offer them and help the industry attract the talent it needs.”

For the third year running Redrow has been recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer and received the title of Great Britain Large Employer of the Year at the 2015 CITB Apprenticeship Awards.

Trainees make up around 15 per cent of Redrow’s direct employees and the company is looking to maintain that as its workforce grows.

With trade apprenticeships offered across its building sites in England and Wales, Redrow’s programmes combine paid on the job training with the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification. Redrow also runs office-based apprentice programmes for business administration, design and technical and commercial roles.

In addition, the company nurtures young talent through under-graduate work placements, post-graduate training and other vocational training.