LBTH Women's Construction Skills Academy

London - Organized by Bouygues UK

In collaboration with Work Path, Mount Anvil and LBTH, we propose to facilitate the creation of a Construction Skills Academy in the heart of Tower Hamlets, targeting under-represented groups in the Borough (particularly women) with the aim of demystifying the Construction industry and showcasing the opportunities inherent in the sector, the spectrum of possible career paths and demonstrating Bouygues commitment to giving something back to the communities in which we work.

It is anticipated that this initiative will draw significant media coverage, being the first of it's kind targeting women in Construction. The LBTH/BYUK Women's Construction Academy is being seen as a huge milestone in the Borough's plan to address gender balance and inspiring women into the industry and, should the model prove successful, there is already interest for it to be rolled out in other regions.

Attendees : It is anticipated that 15 training participants will be selected from the Work Path database (semi-skilled women and returnships) and the successful candidates will undertake both theoretical and practical sessions during the training week.

WHAT ?

A week long practical and theoretical introduction to the Construction and Engineering industry. This will include an introduction to the industry, an overview of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and some Unconscious Bias modules. The sessions will be pitched to inspire the candidates, show opportunities in the construction sector and give guidance on career paths whilst offering practical experience. The week will be split into morning and afternoon sessions with class based learning in the mornings and practical ‘Have a go' sessions in the afternoon to cover a variety of careers within the industry ranging from site activities to technical to support roles to engage as many different women as possible. The aim is to present the breadth of careers within the industry that transcend the trades, to show that every role is available to women and the very different career paths that can lead to a successful career in construction. Bouygues UK will demonstrate our commitment to the initiative by introducing a number of successful women within the BYUK/BYES teams as role models to talk about their career journey, their paths into the industry and offer hints and tips on how to succeed. This is expected to cover topics such as Technical, Legal, Innovation, Sustainability, Procurement, Site Management and supporting roles and we have already secured a number of willing volunteers to contribute to the practical sessions. In parallel, the attendees will have the opportunity to gain their CSCS accreditation and undertake a First Aid/Mental Health module to give them practical, industry recognized qualifications. This training will be coordinated and funded by Work Path and their training partners. The training week will culminate in an open day/careers fayre/award presentation on the Friday afternoon (International Women's Day – 8th March) where the training academy sites are open to anyone interested in understanding more about our industry (with a focus on attracting women), whether school children, college students or more mature women looking to return to work (semi-skilled/returners etc.).

WHERE ?

Various venues in Tower Hamlets including the Futures Foundry Site (Whitechapel), The Ideas Store (Whitechapel - TBC), Work Path offices (Canary Wharf) and potentially BYUK Old London Hospital site pending asbestos assessment (TBC).

WHEN ?

4th – 8th March to culminate in an awards ceremony presented by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets and our Chairman, Fabienne Viala, coinciding with International Women's Day and including media coverage of the event.

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