We celebrate Women in Construction

We celebrate Women in Construction


Young women from across the city have come together to celebrate women’s contribution to the construction industry.

Only 11% of roles in the construction sector are filled by women and in manual trades this drops to 2%. 

The combat these statistics, Faculty Head Tracey Hutchinson - and one time painting and decorating apprentice at Basford Hall College – decided to hold a special event to coincide with International Women’s Day to encourage more girls to take their place in the industry.

 “When I first walked through the doors here 27 years ago, I was the only woman and the reaction from my male colleagues wasn’t great,” she said.

“Now, I’m proud to go into our workshops and see young women learning alongside the young men, but there’s still more to do if we’re to achieve full equality in the construction industry.”

Current students and young women who are hoping to study a construction course at ncn in the future, heard from Tracey about her own experience in the industry from apprentice to leader in construction education, and from Rebecca Hart, Technical Officer at Nottingham City Homes, who began her career as an electrical apprentice and is now a passionate advocate for women in construction.

Attendees were then taken on a tour of the current brickwork, plastering, painting and decorating and plumbing workshops where they took part in taster sessions led by the college’s current female students. 

Plastering student Melissa Shaw, was one of those leading the sessions.

“I remember when I first started the course I was the only female. This is improving but there still isn’t very many, so I think events like this are really important to raise awareness and to encourage women into the industry," she said

“I love plastering, but there has been times when I’ve doubted myself, but my tutors have been so supportive and now I feel confident that working in construction is the right choice for me."

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