Praise for council’s Women in Construction scheme
Published on 17 January 2018
LEICESTER City Council has been singled out for praise at a House of Commons reception, for helping to get women into construction and craft trade jobs.
Last week (Jan 9), three members of the city council’s housing staff travelled to London to join a reception for people and organisations that help to get more women into jobs such as bricklaying, joinery and electrical engineering.
They were invited after contributing to a ‘best practice’ guide for women in construction, produced by housing and social care provider Mears.
The reception included speeches by Alison Inman OBE, president of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and the Rt Hon Baroness Smith of Basildon.
Baroness Smith singled out Leicester City Council in her speech for the council’s ‘great work’ recruiting women in construction and promoting the trade workforce to women.
The city council actively encourages women into housing craft trades, where they are under-represented. For the past 25 years, the council has run a free Women In Construction taster course, open to any woman over 16, where they can come and have a go at trades such as plumbing, painting and decorating or plastering.
This has been a successful way to encourage women to think about an apprenticeship. The council currently has 51 women employed in craft trades, with another 15 undertaking apprenticeships.
Assistant city mayor responsible for housing Cllr Andy Connelly said: “It’s great that we’ve received national recognition for our positive action to recruit more women into these trades. Our Women In Construction taster scheme has been really successful in getting women to think about these jobs as future career options.
“I’m very proud of the fact that we have so many women learning these trades through the council’s apprenticeship scheme, many of whom then go on to work for us, helping to maintain our housing stock.”
Operational development team leader Nicola Jones added: “We’re really proud of our recruitment record and the skills we teach. We attract women from diverse backgrounds and we don’t have age restrictions on the apprenticeships, which means we have successfully recruited women who are returning to work after raising a family. It’s fantastic to be recognised for our success in recruiting women into these careers.”