Thanks to Torus, 15 local women are considering a career in construction after attending a free taster day for futures trades-women at the St Helens Chamber’s, Construction Skills centre in Parr.
The taster day gave unemployed women from St Helens the opportunity to have a go at a variety of activities, including; construction painting and decorating skills, working with wood and plastering.
Torus tenant, Natalie Slater, said; “Initially I wanted to gain new skills to be able to do work in my own home, but after today I would love to look at a career as a plasterer.”
Mayor of St Helens Councillor Pat Ireland, Mayoress Councillor Lynn Glover and Councillor for Parr, Kate Groucutt dropped in to chat to the women and find out about what they thought. With the Mayor commenting, “It is a marvellous opportunity for the women.”
Tracy Considine, Apprenticeships Manager at St Helens Chamber, said: “It’s important for us to encourage women to boost their skills and pursue careers in Construction. We met some talented women and are looking forward to them starting on our free Construction courses.
“We hope events like this will inspire more women to pursue careers in these traditionally male-dominated industries.”
The event was also attended by northwest contractors, Cruden Construction and DLP Services, both interested in meeting the women and looking to offer placements and apprenticeships.
Garry Warrington, DLP Director, said; “There is a shortage of multi-skilled trades personnel and we believe in encouraging females into these roles. DLP has a strong history of women working in traditionally male roles and we are looking forward to increasing those numbers.”
Following the taster day, the women can progress onto a free two-week accredited Level 1 in Construction Course, where they can develop their practical skills, gain a recognised Health & Safety qualification, obtain their CSCS Construction Site Operative Card and find out about practical work placements. Support with childcare and travel costs is available throughout the training period.
Dan Bamford, Torus Employment Initiatives Manager, said; “We are really pleased with the event and the engagement from our partners in this scheme. Women are vastly underrepresented in the construction sector and we want to give our tenants the opportunity to try new things and for those that have the desire to progress the training and experience, they need to make it a reality and turn it into a career.”
Torus are looking forward to holding similar events in the near future, so keep your eyes on our Facebook pages and website.