Construction day for the girls at CRC

Bricklaying, carpentry and painting were on the timetable for a group of schoolgirls when they visited Cambridge Regional College.

The girls proved that jobs in construction aren’t just for the boys when they donned protective overalls and spent a day trying their hand at a range of building skills.

The Year 10 and 11 students from Netherhall School in Cambridge and Birchwood High School in Bishop’s Stortford were given practical lessons at the hands of the experts.

They had a go at building a wall in the college’s new brickwork centre, and tested their skills in painting and decorating and carpentry in the construction workshops.

The visit was organised by the college to encourage more girls to train in construction – still a traditionally male-dominated sector, with women making up only 13 per cent of the construction workforce.

John Malone, head of construction at CRC, said the college was keen to help girls find out more about working in construction trades.

“We want to encourage more girls to look at construction as a career option, and we hope the girls’ construction day will have done just that,” he said.

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