International Women’s Day provided the perfect backdrop for our first #notjustforboys workshop. The workshop took place in Villiers High School, Southall, and was the final in a series of sessions run with the Year 10 cohort in partnership with the National Careers Service.
Twenty-three young women took part, alongside eight female role-models from the industry. Volunteers represented specialisms as diverse as Architecture, Civil Engineering, Planning, Procurement and Quantity Surveying.
Two fun-filled hours saw participants interview role models to add to their pack of ‘Inspirational Women in Construction’ and pitted combined teams of students and volunteers against each other to build the best load-bearing bridge from lollipop sticks and tape.
Behind the fun was a serious message, brought home by the National Careers Service’s Neil Hammond; that as a young woman considering your future career, what’s important is not what other people think you should do, but knowing that you have the freedom to do what interests you.
We hope to build on the success of this workshop by incorporating a similar model into our latest offering, Foundations for the Future, to be launched in the academic year 2016/17.
Special thanks to our education partners on this project; National Careers Service and Villiers High School and to our industry partners who provided volunteers for the day; Bouygues, John Rowan and Partners, AECOM and Farrells.