Females into Construction course opens up new opportunities for 16 Lanarkshire hopefuls

Morrison Construction is a driving force in a new initiative with development partner hub South West aimed at encouraging greater female career participation in the construction sector.

Published: 04 April 2018
Capability: Building
Market: Communities

As one of hub South West's main contracting partners, Morrison Construction, along with Kier, Graham and Morgan Sindall is supporting the Females into Construction course, facilitated by New College Lanarkshire.

The course, which has no formal entry requirements, will be open to 16 female S5 pupils, and provides a National 5 qualification in Construction Crafts. On completion, students can progress to pre-apprenticeships or progress onto a professional career route of higher national certificate level.

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of hub South West, said:

“The course aims to encourage young females who are interested in a career in construction, while highlighting the varying career paths into the industry.

“Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to visit sites managed by the supporting contractors, where they can observe a variety of construction roles in action.”

Morrison Construction Community Skills Manager, Jim Johnstone, said;

‘‘We are proud to be part of this great initiative to help encourage more women into our industry and we are excited to showcase the wide variety of careers that are available in construction.

''Diversity in the workforce will only make our industry stronger as it encourages greater creativity and collaboration in the workplace.’’

New College Lanarkshire, which recently was rated among the UK top three institutions for skills at WorldSkills UK, will run the course from April 30 to June 29 at its Motherwell Campus.

The course will include painting and decorating, masonry work, carpentry and joinery as well as visits to live construction sites, ambassador talks, visits to design offices at regional headquarters, CSCS specific safety training and work placements.

Students who are interested in pursuing a professional career path in construction may have the opportunity to join the college’s Built Environment or computer aided architectural design and technology.