30% Rise In Women Studying At Leeds College Of Building

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30% Rise In Women Studying At Leeds College Of Building

30% Rise In Women Studying At Leeds College Of Building

Construction companies putting up scaffolding in Leeds at the moment may find it easier to hire women in the future, given the fact that the city’s College of Building has seen a 30 per cent rise in the number of women studying courses like quantity surveying and civil engineering in the last four years.

Interestingly, this flies in the face of data from the Office for National Statistics showing that the number of women in the construction industry hasn’t risen significantly in the last ten years, despite efforts to address this. In the fourth quarter of 2016, women made up just 12.8 per cent of the construction workforce in the UK.

To celebrate the recently held International Women’s Day event, the college held free taster sessions to women over the age of 16, enabling them to participate in the likes of painting and decorating, brickwork, plumbing and more.

Faculty director Brian Duffy said: “We’re delighted with these figures that show our perseverance in promoting the many and varied careers for women in the construction industry is paying off. However, there is still more that can be done in the sector to help overcome stereotypes of the trades and entice women into a massive number of fantastic vocations.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about apprenticeships and a career in the construction industry, the college is holding an open day event on May 18th, with others taking place throughout the year if you’re unable to attend that particular one.