The women from the West Midlands have secured jobs or received employment offers within the construction sector, supporting the delivery of HS2, thanks to a pilot work experience programme.
The Women into Construction programme is designed for the unemployed, those looking for new opportunities and individuals from disadvantaged and under-represented groups. It meets with HS2’s objectives to tackle the gender gap in the construction sector and ensure that local people benefit from the jobs and opportunities that HS2 is creating.
Fifteen women, aged 24-54, signed up for the six-week programme, which was developed, funded and delivered by HS2 Ltd, Women into Construction, West Midlands Combined Authority, South and City College, and supported by DWP, Birmingham City Council and the National Careers Service.
Following an initial two-week employability course, all 15 women gained their Health & Safety Level 1 accreditation, and 93% achieved their CSCS card. They then moved on to complete four-week work experience placements with HS2 Ltd. and local companies within its supply chain.
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