#notjustforboys: women in construction

The North Wales prison is currently being built, with hundreds of construction jobs being created.

For some people, a career in construction is the obvious choice. For others, it might seem less likely or a complete no-go.

But it might be time to think again. Construction is #NotJustForBoys...

Seventeen women attended a Women in Construction event delivered by Lendlease and the North Wales Economic Ambition Board. It was held at the Learning and Ambition Academy on the North Wales prison site.

The event involved professionals from Lendlease and its supply chain partners sharing stories and routes into employment with students from Coleg Cambria and Glyndwr University.

The group looked at personal goals for career progression and personal development, and identified ways to work together using coaching and mentoring from within the group and beyond.

The group also identified ways to promote careers in construction to future generations to encourage more females to join the sector. This included making an advert on the day.

A spokesperson for Lendlease said: "It was a great event with a constant buzz in the room. It was really encouraging to see how passionate all attendees were about working with each other, and about working with local schools to encourage the next generation to join the industry and learn about the many roles available".

Don't worry - you haven't missed your chance to find out more about careers in construction.

Another event - #NotJustForBoys - takes place on February 18, 2016. It's an alternative careers fair for women and girls keen to explore ‘non-traditional’ careers within the construction industry.

Chat with organisations and role models, find out how to build a career in the industry and discover a range of exciting careers that you might not have considered.

You can also book a tour of the North Wales prison construction site.

Drop in between 12:30pm and 3:30pm at the North Wales prison site, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Bridge Road South, Wrexham, LL13 9PS. The event will be opened by Professor Julie Williams, chief scientific officer for Welsh Government.

Or to book your place, contact Anne Howells at anne.howells@chwaraeteg.com or call 029 2047 8900.

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