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10 February 2012

Constructive careers advice for women at CAVC

Cardiff and Vale College is helping women break into a career in Construction in collaboration with local training and consultation provider the Women’s Workshop.

The College’s Cardiff Construction Training Centre (CCTC) this week gave a party of women interested in working in the construction industry a tour of its site and information about the courses it provides. The women visited CCTC’s brickwork and carpentry workshops and were told all about the benefits of a career in construction by Lecturer Bill Reynolds.

“The idea is to show them the practical side of construction and illustrate the link between theory and practice,” Bill said. “Not only do we deliver the skills required for a career in the industry but we also instil the culture of construction which is vitally important if they are to go to work in what is quite wrongly perceived as a male dominated industry.”

After a question and answer session, the majority of the women expressed an interest in applying for a course at CAVC. In fact, many already have applied.

Sian Bridge, 31 and from Cathays, said: “It’s been really good and really informative and exciting. Carpentry is absolutely what I want to do, and I’m even more excited about it after seeing the facilities. It’s what I’ve wanted to do for a long time but I’ve never really had the opportunity until now.”

Women’s Workshop Tutor Ann Batman added: “This visit has been inspirational and really positive – the staff at CCTC are brilliant on equality. There is a great attitude towards gender here and there is a really supportive attitude from all of the staff.

“These visits are really important. When the women first turn up they can be a bit shy and intimidated but having the talk from Mr Reynolds shows them that they are all welcome here. Women who have come here from us before have been awarded and helped into employment.”

Bill added: “It’s part of my job to liaise with employers which is hugely important with the current situation in the construction industry. I work with companies such as Mispace, Leadbitter Homes, Keir and Integrate to get women into construction.”

CCTC, which is based in Cardiff Bay, has worked with the Women’s Workshop for more than three years. Naomi Gilfillan, a CCTC Carpentry student who came to the College via the workshop, won a College award for her hard work last year and now works for Kier Homes. She is progressing towards a Level 2 Carpentry Diploma and is expected to follow on with a Level 3 then a HNC in Construction.