WDH have teamed up with Castleford Academy to offer the first of their Girls into Construction taster sessions at The Store, WDH’s purpose built supply store and training facility in Normanton.
Six girls from Year 9 at Castleford Academy were selected by their careers adviser, Katie Oldroyd, to attend after showing an interest in a future career in construction.
The students took part in three different activities, led by Jim Adgo, WDH’s Learning and Development Advisor to test their technical skills, as part of the Girls in Construction taster session. During the morning the girls tried their hands at using a silicone gun to connect wood, cutting and connecting a circuit of pipes together and tiling to give them a taste for the types of things that WDH apprentices learn during their training.
Stacey Simmons, a first year apprentice Plumber at WDH, helped out during the morning and said: “The girls were great! They were interested and asked lots of questions during the session. Hopefully this will help them make a decision about what they want to do in the future.”
The idea came to Jim Adgo, WDH’s Learning and Development Advisor and Sally Holdsworth, WDH’s Tenant Involvement Officer during a course they attended together.
Sally said: “We discussed the idea to promote construction to girls and have the facilities available so we set the ball rolling. As the Tenant Involvement Officer for Castleford and Airedale, I have good links with local schools and Castleford Academy offer construction as part of their Design Technology courses so seemed like a very good choice to trial our session.”
The aims of the sessions are to help increase girls in the local area’s interest careers in construction by showing them it isn’t just for boys and that it can lead into many other careers in the future.
Zoe Darroch and Libby Metcalf, two of the Castleford Academy students who took part, said: “We really enjoyed the morning, especially the tiling! We’ve learnt a lot and it’s definitely made us think more about looking out for an apprenticeship in construction when we leave school.”
Jim said: “We are really pleased at how successful this first session was. We now hope to be able to roll out the Girls into Construction taster sessions and offer them to other schools in the area to help build interest in a career in construction as well as local student’s knowledge of WDH and what our apprenticeships can offer.”