JP Corry & WOMEN'STEC Shows Girls It's #notjustforboys

24 September 2019

Proudly supported by JP Corry, WOMEN'STEC launched their #notjustforboys Programme, bringing together representatives from industry, education and the public sector.

Based in Belfast, WOMEN’STEC is the largest quality provider of training for women in non-traditional skills in Northern Ireland. The innovative project aims to increase the number of females choosing careers in construction and other sectors where women are under-represented. This exciting new initiative is supported by the Construction Industry Training Board NI, The Housing Executive, Gilbert-Ash LTD, JP Corry and the Urban Villages Initiative.

The project will offer girls of all ages support to access work experience, work placements and apprenticeships, aiming to challenge misconceptions and to encourage females to consider wider career choices. Girls will also be able to explore and upskill in areas such as electrics, plumbing, carpentry, tiling, DIY, painting and decorating. With the uptake of apprenticeships so low amongst girls, for example, in construction and engineering, the programme witll encourage girls to consider these fantastic career opportunities. 

At the event an exciting new website was launched; www.notjustforboys.org which gives more information on the programme and how employers, schools and girls can get involved. Project participant Charlotte says: " I learned how to use new equipment that I have never used before, I learned new skills and it has shown me my new job options."

Lynn Carvill, Chief Executive of WOMEN’STEC stated, “Further to piloting a number of aspects of the programme over the last year, we are very excited to be launching the innovative #notjustforboys programme and website.  The need for skilled workers within the construction industry has been identified and this programme will raise awareness of the rewarding and well paid jobs available to everyone, including girls. Girls are often directed towards traditional career paths such as hair and beauty. The #notjustforboys programme will connect girls with a wide range of exciting career pathways, enhancing their lifetime opportunities and simultaneously meet the needs of employers across the wider construction industry.” 

Ciaran Mc Connell, Managing Director JP Corry commented, “With a significant under-representation of females in the construction industry, the #notjustforboys initiative provides a platform to help change and shape perceptions of women working in the sector. As proud supporters, we hope to shine a light onto this societal issue and help raise awareness of the career options available. Through skills development, advocating new opportunities and sharing real-life experiences, we share a common goal of promoting gender equality and diversity in the industry. The #notjustforboys programme is an excellent foundation for this.”

Further information on the #notjustforboys programme please email: info@womenstec.org or telephone 028 9074 9810. 

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