Women In Construction Careers Event at Wellesley

Grainger Plc, which is building new homes at Wellesley, Aldershot, ran a Women in Construction Careers Event in March to inspire female students from local colleges to consider a career in construction, and to dispel the myth that it is a male-only industry.

The students from Farnborough Sixth Form College and Aldershot Construction College were first taken on an in-depth tour of the McGrigor phase of the development. Built by CALA Homes, this phase consists of 108 homes and includes the conversion of the Victorian era McGrigor Barracks into terraced houses.

The group then heard fascinating presentations from women in a wide range of careers on site, showcasing the many varied roles and career routes that are available to women wishing to work in the world of construction; Sustainability and Community Managers from Grainger plc, Ecologists from Holbury Consultancy, Engineers from Mayer Brown, Rangers from Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, Project Managers from R&M Regeneration Management, and Estate Managers from Strutt & Parker.

“We were delighted to be involved in such a fantastic event supporting women and educating them about their options for a growing and evolving industry.” – Nicola French, Director at Holbury Consultancy

The informal nature of the event meant that students were able to ask questions and engage in a dialogue with the speakers, receiving personal advice and guidance. The key message from the event was that you don’t need a degree to progress within the industry and that there are numerous routes in, with options to change roles later in life.

“It’s been mind-blowing to find out about all the different jobs that I never knew existed, I really want to work on site now,” said one student from Aldershot Construction College.

A fantastic additional outcome of the event has been that several work experience opportunities have since been arranged; one student is now doing work experience with a view to completing an apprenticeship with Strutt & Parker, and Barratt David Wilson Homes have offered work experience opportunities to another two students who attended.

“Grainger Plc is passionate about widening the div ersity of it’s workforce, not just in gender and race, but also in the routes people have taken to reach us. We are so grateful to all the amazing women who helped make this event such a success.” – Jennifer Upstill, Community Development Manager at Wellesley, Grainger Plc

For more information on opportunities at Wellesley, please visit www.wellesleyhampshire.co.uk

About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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