Encouraging women into the maintenance trades

This week we launched the first free taster sessions for women interested in careers in building maintenance. 

In partnership with Mears the first of these workshops were run in both Caerphilly and Nottingham with United Welsh and Nottingham City Homes. The aim was to provide a practical, inspiring and safe learning experience for women who wish to ‘have a go’ at a trade before deciding on whether to pursue a career in building maintenance. 

The taster sessions consisted of practical training work in several trade skills like plumbing, joinery, and painting and decorating led by a qualified trades trainer in a construction skills mobile classroom. The learners were also informed of career opportunities in the Repairs & Maintenance sector and the progression and support systems open to them.

Another 4 taster sessions are planned for next year in Manchester, Brighton, London and West Yorkshire.

Gainor Keeton, Mears Project Manager, said, “With only 1% of construction operatives being female, we are determined to increase the number of tradeswomen across the social housing sector. We also support other organisations to get the message out that there are good careers for women to be had in social housing maintenance. This is not only the right thing to do but we know that the best workforce is one which reflects the communities in which we serve.”

Wendy Heller, Training, Development and Curriculum Manager at Construction Youth Trust commented, “With 9 out of 10 women stating they would pursue a career in the repairs and maintenance industry after participating, I believe this is a clear indication that raising awareness of opportunities is key to increasing the number of women in the industry."

For more information on the next taster sessions in 2017 please contact us.