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Building a future for woman in Construction


Left to Right: Tegan Cookland (Brickwork Student), Abi Mcloughlin - (Joinery Student), Shannon Dobson - (Brickwork Student)
Natasha Withers - (Director NJW Recruitment), Michelle Blackmore (Plumbing Student) student
Hollie Statham - (Design Manager Bowmer and Kirkland) & Claire Mett – (HR Manager NG Bailey)

Today, Hartlepool College was delighted to welcome along members of The North East branch of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to support our young ladies who are forging a career in construction.

Today's session involved an overview of the presenters' background in the industry, how they got there and what their role involves, to some of our female construction students. The NAWIC team then introduced a bridge-building activity that provoked creative thinking and teamwork, the day also included sessions on CV building, interview techniques, and role play for a job interview.

Female Construction Students, building paper bridge

Hartlepool College is very lucky to be involved with this organization who are regulars in the building and always a great supporter of the college. Thanks to the ladies for giving up their time and supporting our learners.

John Cartwright (Head of Construction and the Built Environment) concluded: “We have some fantastic young women who aspire to work within the construction and built environment sector and I believe it’s really important to get the message out there that we support these young women and get them along to events such as this."

The National Association for Women into Construction (NAWIC) is an international not-for-profit association dedicated to the advancement of women in the construction industry. Their aim is to support women in construction through their careers, to celebrate and platform their accomplishments, to make a lasting positive impact on the construction industry, and to inspire the next generation of women into construction-related roles.

Women make up 12.8 percent of the construction workforce in a recent survey commissioned by housebuilder Keepmoat revealed that just 13 percent of women aged 16-25 would consider a career in construction, NAWIC is instrumental in promoting and bridging that gap to more young women take up construction as a career.

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