Outdoor Classroom for Local Primary School

Working collaboratively with Gilbert-Ash Ltd and Our Lady’s Girls Primary School, WOMEN’STEC brought over forty P7 girls together to learn carpentry skills as part of a wider outdoor classroom project. Two P7 classes attended workshop sessions where the girls took part in practical, hands-on activities to gain a deeper understanding and learning of working with wood, along with guided tuition. The P7 girls took part in making furniture from upcycling pallet wood, taking part in activities such as sanding, planing and drilling wood.  The girls loved this experience, led by female carpenters, and the girls’ determination and enthusiasm was outstanding! This project has been a great way to reach girls at a young age, help break down stereotypes and help widen career choice awareness.  It has benefited the school and the children, and resulted in an outdoor classroom for Our Lady’s Primary School, which was officially opened on 16 April 2019. Kelli Johnston, the #notjustforboys Coordinator, commented, “We’d like to thank Gilbert-Ash for inviting us to become involved in this amazing project to help create a dynamic outdoor learning space. The girls loved every minute of their time in the workshop with us, and particularly the hands-on element.  We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to introduce carpentry skills to the girls – this could definitely help steer a young person’s future career choice!” For more information on the #notjustforboys programme, please contact the Coordinator by emailing kelli.johnston@womenstec.org

Civil Engineering Visit Proves Popular

WOMEN’STEC took ten girls aged 14-16 years on a construction site visit to learn about civil engineering by visiting the A6 Randalstown – Castledawson Dualling Scheme. Hosted by Farrans Construction and supported by Buy Social NI, the group learned about civil engineering through the exciting scheme and works in progress.   The girls heard from women working in the industry, finding out about health & safety, planning, civil engineering and construction, as well as environmental considerations. They also had a close up look at some of the equipment used on a civil engineering project of this scale. This site visit is part of a new #notjustforboys programme that WOMEN’STEC is delivering and launching on Thursday, 19th September 2019.  The programme focuses on changing the misconception that construction careers are aimed only at men. Site visits like this help more young women to look at the wide range of career options that the construction industry has to offer them. One of the girls on the scheme said it was the “best summer scheme in the country.” Abbie is now thinking about a job in construction following the site visit to the A6 M22 – Castledawson site. For more information, please contact Kelli Johnston, #notjustforboys Coordinator by emailing kelli.johnston@womenstec.org