Here Come the Girls!

Showing the way forward for equality and diversity Construction Youth Trust hosts construction careers day for school girls in Islington.

50 Year 9 students from Mount Carmel Technology College for girls attended the event at the Platform Youth Hub in Islington where they received an insight into the wide variety of opportunities available in the built environment. 

The girls listened to senior industry figures who shared valuable perspectives and their own experiences about their roles in construction as well as tackling some of the stereotypes often associated with the industry. Students benefitted from a professional insight into the creative, technical and economic aspects of jobs in the sector and took away solid information on progression routes into the industry to help inform their upcoming selection of GCSE subjects. 

Cathy Head, Head of Art at Mount Carmel said: 

"The staff and students who attended these presentations found them to be quite an inspiration! Students learnt about the vast array of opportunities available to them in construction and it was encouraging to hear that there are opportunities for students of all levels of ability within this sector. 

It was particularly interesting to discover that there are already many women working in the industry which is often perceived to be heavily male dominated. One of my students has already decided that she would like to be a civil engineer which demonstrates the impact this session has had."

The careers day was part of the Trust's work with Islington Council which is targeted at the engagement and mobilisation of young women aged 13-19 across the borough.