SOUTH & City College Birmingham has partnered with several organisations including HS2, Women into Construction, The West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City Council to provide women with increased job opportunities in the construction industry.
Female students are currently being given the chance to participate in a six-week programme specifically designed to improve their employability prospects within the sector.
During the first two weeks of the programme, applicants will gain essential skills and knowledge through acquiring their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and completing the necessary health and safety training.
The four-week work placement that follows will take place at HS2, or one of its various supply chain companies. There are a variety of roles on offer, including Ecology, Civil Engineering, Design and Archaeology.
Kate Myers, Head of Skills, Employment & Education at HS2 Ltd, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for women in the region to find out more about HS2 and the roles that they can play in transforming our railways and the UK economy.
“HS2 provides career opportunities in so many fields and this is a great way to find out about the jobs coming up. 7,000 people have already played a part in delivering HS2 and we want to see more women in the 30,000 roles the project will support.”
Gmilla Loveridge, Deputy Faculty Head for Technology & Construction Services, added: “It’s great that the college is involved in this project. This is a positive step forward for South & City as they can promote a variety of roles and share the real experiences of women already working in the construction industry.”
In the hopes of encouraging more women to consider construction as a viable and rewarding career option, members of the programme will be fully supported with travel expenses and childcare.
South & City College Birmingham are hosting a Women into Construction event at its Bournville campus during the next open day on Saturday 8 June from 10am – 1pm.