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

Construction Site Visit

WOMEN’STEC Girl Tech summer scheme participants visited the Royal Victoria Hospital new maternity build, to learn about works in progress and to hear from females working in a range of different careers and roles in the construction industry. The visit was attended by fourteen girls on 16 August 2019 and hosted by GRAHAM-Bam Healthcare Partnership (GBHP), a joint venture between GRAHAM and BAM Contractors Ltd. Construction site visits are a regular part of the WOMEN’STEC Promoting Opportunities Programme #notjustforboys and provide a great way to hear from females working in the industry, and promote the diverse range of career opportunities available, from quantity surveying to civil engineering jobs, to a range of trade and technical roles. Attracta Matthews, GBHP Community Benefits Advisor, said: “GBHP has supported WOMEN’STEC in many different ways over the years – from hosting site visits, making regular pallet donations for their joinery classes, delivering careers talks and presentations right through to supporting student achievement events.  In addition to seeing a live construction site, the girls also gained an insight into other aspects of the project such as the community, environmental challenges, human resources and subcontracting. We feel that it is important to inspire and encourage young females to consider a future career in the industry, given the wealth of opportunity that it holds.  That’s why we value the work of organisations such as WOMEN’STEC.” To find out more about our work in promoting a diverse workforce and reducing the skills shortage in the construction and ICT industries, please contact kelli.johnston@womenstec.org