Train4TradeSkills News: Jobs for the Girls Campaign gathers force as NICEIC hit Westminster
Train4TradeSkills News told you about the NICEIC campaign back in January and now the scheme is gaining some supporters.
A Parliamentary reception was hosted by Labour MP Chi Onwurah, who talked about the importance of getting more women into the construction industry as plumbers, electricians and builders,
Ms. Onwurah is the MP for Newcastle Central and a former electrical engineer. She said in her speech:
“Just 1% of electro technical apprenticeship starts are women, despite half of all apprenticeships overall and half of our workforce being taken up by women.
I will be pressing the Government more widely as to what they have been doing and what they can do further to encourage more women into trades apprenticeships.”
This was backed by a number of MP’s, who want to see more women get involved with the construction industry, NICEIC Chief Executive Emma McCarthy said:
“It was great to speak with other women and learn about what entering the construction industry means to them. I would like to thank Chi for backing NICEIC and we can spread the word, engage with young women and do something positive for the industry.”
Earlier this year Train4TradeSkills News spoke to trainee electrician and student blogger Amanda about the Jobs for the Girls campaign. She said:
“I think it would be great to see more women taking up the tools, There is certainly a small section of society that would maybe feel more comfortable with a female technician entering their homes. On a whole though I think it would just be great to see more women having the confidence to get out there and take up the trades they want to be in, but many feel hesitant to do so due to the fact so many trades have been stigmatised as a male domain. I think if you want to do it, just go for it”
Read the full interview with Amanda on Train4TradeSkills News here.
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