New campaign to encourage more women construction workers

Course encouraging more women to work in construction
Course encouraging more women to work in construction Photo: ITV Central

The UK construction industry is one of the country’s largest and most important employers and is worth more than £1.5 billion – yet women make up just ten per cent of the workforce.

Leicester City Council is encouraging more women to try their hand at various trades with a series of workshops at Leicester College.

A two week course gives students the opportunity to experience plumbing, painting, plastering, carpentry and bricklaying.

Tina Jivraj, from the Council said : “We'll be recruiting fifteen apprentices in the middle of April and we want to encourage more women to apply and change the stereotypical view of the construction industry and also to have a skilled and diverse workforce for Leicester City Council”

Rohey Jallow helps to maintain 22,000 council properties in Leicester. She started 7 years ago as an apprentice and says it’s her dream job.

Rohey said : “Everyday is different. We often turn up at a house and have to completely change everything inside. Yesterday, we had to rip everything out, including the kitchen sink. I enjoy doing the gas and the electrics.”

The full report by Rajiv Popat: