South & City College Birmingham are partnering with Women into Construction, HS2 Ltd, West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City Council to offer a six-week programme linked to upcoming job opportunities in construction.
A recent orientation day at the Bordesley Green campus has seen 15 women start two weeks of employability training, which includes health and safety and gives them the opportunity to gain their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card. CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training to work safely.
This is followed by a four-week work placement at HS2 or one of its numerous supply chain companies. There are a variety of roles on offer, including Ecology, Civil Engineering, Design and Archaeology. More than 50% of women that complete placements, progress into paid employment.
All the women are supported with travel and childcare in order to encourage more them to consider construction as a viable and rewarding career option.
Kate Myers, HS2 Ltd’s Head of Skills, Employment and Education, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for women in the region to find out more about HS2 and the role that they can play in transforming our railways and the UK economy. HS2 opens up 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 role in delivering HS2 and we want to see more women in the 30,000 roles the project will support.”
“It’s great that the college is involved in this project.” Gmilla Loveridge, Deputy Faculty Head for Technology & Construction Services added, “This is a positive step forward and allows the college to promote a variety of roles and share real experiences of women already working in the construction industry.”
Inspired to join women in construction?
Come to our Women into Construction event at Bournville College during our Open Day on the 8th June 10am – 1pm.