Encouraging Women In Construction with RSA

24 May 2021

Howard Civil Engineering were thrilled to demonstrate our support for Rotherham Skills Academy’s Women in Construction event last week!

Pre-construction coordinator Sophie Henderson and marketing manager Abbie Harrop spoke to a room full of women about the various roles available in the industry and discussed their personal experiences so far.

The event, organised by Skills People Group, was attended by women who are out of work and unsure of the next step to take in their career. Howard Civil Engineering were invited to join the panel following our recent partnership with Skills People Group.

Sophie and Abbie spoke alongside spokespeople for Engie and Wates, and Labour’s Shadow Minister for Further Education and Skills, Tony Perkins MP, and encouraged members of the audience to consider a career in construction.

“As a young woman who started her career in the construction industry, I am honoured to share my experiences with other women and encourage them to consider the industry in their next job move,” said Sophie. “I have grown so much in my career and I believe construction is a very rewarding industry to be a part of.”

Holly Ramsden, marketing manager at Rotherham Skills Academy, commented on the success of the event: “Our Women in Construction event was extremely successful in engaging an under-represented group within the construction industry. Eight of the attendees to the event have since made the decision to start their construction training journey with Rotherham Skills Academy!”

Abbie, Sophie, and marketing apprentice Chloe-Leigh Preston also spoke to trainees who are currently enrolled with the academy and informed them of the various roles available within Howard Civil Engineering.

“It was great to meet with several of Rotherham Skills Academy’s trainees and speak with them about their futures in the construction industry,” explained Abbie. “Following our recent hire of an RSA trainee, Sean Buckley, we are hoping to further our partnership with the Skills People group and attract more learners who have benefitted from the scheme.”

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