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Second year for 'Girls into Construction' scheme

Sixteen young women from across West Lothian are taking part in innovative one-day workshops 'Girls into Construction' which aims to encourage them to apply for Craft Apprenticeships within construction trades.

Girls into Construction
From left to right Taylor Cuthbert (Holding the sink), Caitlin Wilson (in Blue) and Zoe Tait all from Armadale Academy
The events follow the successful pilot of the course with two secondary schools in 2017.

This year students from St Margaret's Academy, Armadale Academy, Deans Community High School and Inveralmond Community High School took part in two one-day events (eight pupils on each day). 

The events were organised as a partnership between Education Services and Building Services.  During the course the participants were given health and safety training followed by practical workshops in brick laying, plastering, roofing, painting and decorating, plumbing and electrical work. 

West Lothian Council's apprenticeship scheme has helped hundreds of young people gain vital training and employment opportunities within building and construction trades.

Each year the council recruits young people from across West Lothian into the construction trades.  Many go onto win national accolades for their work.  

While the scheme attracts hundreds of applicants each year, women are greatly under-represented, compared to their male counterparts. 

brick laying
Kirsten Young from St Margaret's
Executive councillor for services for the community, George Paul added: "It is clear that not enough young women are choosing a career in the construction industry.  It is important to the council that there is a good balance within each of our service areas.  These types of session are important as a way to encourage young women to explore the types of work which the council's building services team carry out across West Lothian each and every day." 

The council's Building Services Manager, Grant Taylor said: "The service has a number of roles for young people and we are keen that more young women apply for apprenticeships. 

"We have had fantastic female apprentices in the past and our programme offers first class training and employment opportunities for young people each year. 

"There is absolutely no reason why a young woman cannot work and thrive as a trades apprentice - but we need more girls to recognise the opportunities that are open to them within this area of work. 

"We would encourage young women consider construction as a career."

Recruitment for the next batch of apprenticeships starts in mid-March. Details will be published on the council Facebook and Twitter pages.


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