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Women Construct Wales (Pathways into Construction - women)

Careers

Careers and recruitment

The Community Impact Initiative C.I.C.

Chwarae Teg; Training Services Wales

Wales

£287,805

2019

Specialist

This project will focus on breaking down barriers to women entering the sector.

It will provide 9 renovation projects over 3 years for 72 women to gain and acquire skills in building renovation.

Skill acquisition will focus on

  • plastering and rendering
  • flooring
  • tiling
  • painting and decorating
  • kitchen and bathroom fitting
  • gardening
  • carpentry.

Pathway includes pre-employment training, construction, H&S , First Aid qualifications and CSCS card progression. Project will also supply literacy and numeracy support for those in need of this.

  • 9 renovation projects undertaken
  • 72 women to undertake a 3 month work experience placement
  • 54 women to gain accredited qualifications & CSCS cards
  • 54 women to move into construction  employment
  • 6 case studies - 3 from beneficiaries and 3 from employer/stakeholder
  • Final Project Report

01 Jul 2019

30 Jul 2022

End of project summary

The project was terminated in May 2020 as a result of the strategic changes from CITB's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the summary reflects this.

In the short time Women Construct Wales was operational prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project was exceeding all targets. In a 9-month period, the project engaged with 52 women, supporting them to learn construction skills in a supportive environment. Of these, 4 obtained their CSCS cards whilst 21 progressed into employment, education or training. In doing so, an empty house in was renovated and returned to the housing market, whilst another was being renovated when the pandemic hit.

The project was successful in demonstrating an effective approach to engaging with an under-represented group in construction, providing them with the confidence, support, knowledge and skill development required to successfully progress in the industry.

Case studies have been created and our available below.