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Girls Can Do It Too launches for second year


Last week saw the launch of Girls Can Do It Too, an exciting project from Landsec which is set to inspire young women to explore careers in construction for the second year.

The proportion of female workers in construction is just 11% in the UK so this project with Le Saint Union, St Martin-in-the-Fields High School and City of London Academy Highgate Hill in London hopes to increase the number of young women in this sector by capturing their imaginations and inspiring them to consider a career in construction, engineering or property more broadly. It will introduce them to project planning, encourage 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 Land Sec. This was 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 will be working over the next five weeks to complete the challenge with mentors from each of the businesses visiting the students to help them hone their ideas, before pitching their concept to professionals at Landsec.

Melissa Garrett, our Project Manager on Girls Can Do It Too said: "We're delighted to be working with Landsec on another year of Girls Can Do It Too. This project really challenges female students to examine how the skills they have really do fit into this sector and consider roles they might not have thought about before. We're really looking forward to seeing their final designs in December."

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