Teenage girls shed the building-site stereotype
A HULL company is working to shed the stereotypical "mud and boots" image associated with the construction industry.
Hall Construction teamed up with the Sector Skills Council for Construction for an event involving females from five East Yorkshire secondary schools.
Twenty-five students learnt about civil engineering, communication skills, problem- solving and general advice about routes into the industry.
Mandy Masters, a manager from Hall Construction Group, said females only make up only 6 per cent of the workforce across all built environment areas.
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She said: "Halls is mindful that the industry needs to improve recruitment for underrepresented groups, especially females.
"CITB Construction Skills now offer technical apprenticeships in the Hull and the East Riding.
"This level of apprenticeship may appeal more to females than the traditional biblical trades. We hope this will be the first of a series of activities to promote careers in construction."
As part of the event, there were female role models from other companies, including Simpson Civil Engineering, Simpson Plant Training and the Civil Engineering Construction Association.
Holly Gallagher, a Year 10 student from Kelvin Hall School, said: "The day taught us not to be intimidated about working in construction, as it's not only men that do those kinds of jobs.
"We had a tour of the Humber Bridge and even got to go inside the bridge itself, which was really weird because we could hear the cars above us.
"We also found out what kind of qualifications we would need and that we could do an apprenticeship to get us started.
"It is definitely something I will look into when I leave school."
Izzy Sargeson, of Malet Lambert, said: "The event has made me really think about pursuing a career in the construction industry.
"I have learnt about the construction industry and how the Humber Bridge was built.
"I have also learnt about some of the roles in construction especially in Civil Engineering.
"Taking part in today's activity changed my outlook and made me realise these are careers suitable for females."
The course was also welcomed by Stephen Logan, business champion at Malet Lambert.
He said: "When we gave out the trip information they were a little apprehensive at first as they felt it was aimed at male students."