A pilot aimed at helping more women get into the construction industry is proving a hit with jobseekers across Walsall.
Leading Midland’s landlord whg launched its own women into construction course called UPLIFT at its training centre The Workplace in March.
All 12 places on the free, six week training programme, run in partnership with Walsall College and DWP, were quickly filled by participants keen to gain an insight into the construction industry.
Participants are now learning a range of skills, including painting and decorating, tiling, health and safety and interview preparation.
Following completion of the course, the group will put their skills into practice on a three week work placement at Butcroft House, in Darlaston, where they will work with whg tradespeople and contractors to decorate and spruce up communal areas.
Participants are being supported throughout the pilot by whg’s Employment and Training team and after completion of the work placement all will be further supported to apply for opportunities within the construction sector.
Employment and Skills Manager Alison Matthews said: “Many women struggle to get into the jobs market due to family commitments or lack of experience. The construction industry, in particular, is an area some women feel is closed off to them. This course aims to get more women into the industry, by offering training, qualifications and work experience that will open the doors to future employment – all in a fun and friendly environment where they will be learning among like minded people.”
Walsall College’s Assistant Principal for Commercial Development, James Norris added: “This course proves that the construction industry is welcoming and inclusive, with opportunities for people to take on different flexible roles.
“The participants are all progressing well. Being able to develop their skills further through a work placement is an additional step in the right direction.”