Funding boost to train women construction workers

CITB-CONSTRUCTIONSKILLS has this month secured funding to train up to 350 female construction workers across the UK, with women in Derbyshire now urged to apply for their share.

The National Construction College (NCC), the training division of CITB-ConstructionSkills, has developed ‘Women and Work’ training courses which will run until the end of March 2012. Women in the East Midlands who wish to take the courses can apply now and find out whether they are eligible for funding.

The programme, designed by CITB-ConstructionSkills, aims to support the retention and progression of women working in the construction industry. The Women and Work programme helps by encouraging employers to invest in the skills development of their female employees.

Courses are designed to develop a range of skills for women who are new to the industry through to aspiring managers. Some women may wish to add new skills to their CV while others may have ambitions to climb the corporate ladder. The courses also offer valuable networking opportunities with other women in the industry.

Amanda Sergeant, Sector Strategy Manger of CITB-ConstructionSkills East Midlands, said: “As part of our work to deliver the right skills for economic growth locally and nationally, we invest industry funds to help construction businesses upskill their workforce, enabling them to meet new challenges and take advantage of business opportunities.

“The Women and Work programme is a perfect example of this, providing local women with a helping hand to improve their current skills, or learn something completely new, whatever their goal. Funding to support women to undertake these courses is available now – so I encourage anyone who might be interested to get in touch soon to avoid disappointment.”

Northampton-based Anna Ivanovic, Owner of local firm High Maintenance UK Ltd, is a shining example of how businesses can provide opportunities for women in the construction industry. Anna said “We find that some clients, particularly the elderly or vulnerable, feel more comfortable and confident opening their home to a woman. All of the women in the company, of which there are five, have training in specialist construction areas - from plumbing to garden landscaping – and are extremely professional, reliable and pay attention to detail. I fully support the need for excellent training, I am a great advocate of apprenticeships, and in fact I’m planning to provide Apprenticeships at Level 2 through my company in the near future’.

The NCC is Europe’s largest construction training provider, delivering quality and affordable courses at eight sites and additional training venues for up to 25,000 learners each year. The College works with employers to provide both bespoke and specialist training, in addition to producing a wide selection of first class learning materials to complement training courses.

For further information about the Women and Work programme and to check if you are eligible for funding, contact 0300 456 5037.