Girls Can Do It Too

40 female students were set a construction challenge to help inspire them to explore careers in the sector.

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FOCUS: To tackle the gender gap in construction, engineering and property development by challenging young people's perceptions and making them aware of the opportunities available.


In construction only 11% of the workforce is female and in trades such as carpentry, bricklaying and plumbing that drops to just 4%

Building the Future: Women in Construction, The Smith Institute, March 2014


Property management company, Landsec, launched their second Girls Can Do It Too challenge to introduce female Year 8 students from two schools to project planning, encouraging them to think commercially and develop team-working and problem-solving skills, time management, working to deadlines and resourcefulness.

The launch opened with a guest speech from Christine Clarke, Development Director at Landsec, followed by a careers panel of female role models in the sector from Keltbray, JLL, Landsec and Mattinson Partnership.

Three workshops focusing on demolition, tower building and a tour of Landsec’s new state-of-the-art headquarters in Victoria completed the day before the girls were set a challenge to complete their own construction project. Each school worked on the challenge over five weeks with mentors from each of the businesses visiting the students to help them hone their ideas, before pitching their concept to professionals at Landsec.

The winners from Parliament Hill School were chosen based on their careful planning, budgeting and environmental considerations.


"A career in property and construction never even crossed my mind. But here I am now, working for the largest FTSE 100 commercial property company in the UK. And that is why our Girls Can Do It Too project is something I am very passionate and excited about. Girls Can Do It Too aims to improve the visibility of the construction sector, providing practical experience, inspirational female mentors and insight to encourage more girls to consider a career in construction and to address the skills gap the sector is facing."

Debbie Akehurst, Head of Economy & Community, Landsec


Results

  • 100% of students that took part said it improved their knowledge of the skills needed for work
  • 100% of students said it improved their speaking and listening skills
  • 100% of students said it improved their confidence and self belief
  • 100% of students said it improved their awareness of the types of careers available to them

 

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