A group of 10 young women from North Staffordshire took part in the first annual Women in Construction event at PM Training on Wednesday 10th February 2010.
The event was hosted at PM Training’s newly refurbished offices, that boast dedicated workshop facilities.
The girls were split into 3 groups, with each completing an hour and a half long taster session in Building Services, Fabrication and Painting.
During the Building Services session, the girls learnt how pipe work is joined together, using solder and flux, they were able to have a go and produced some work to an excellent standard.
Aspire former Apprentice now full time employee Margaret Errington was on hand to help the trainer and act as a mentor for the girls.
The Fabrication session enabled the girls to ‘mark out’, plan and use forming and cutting machinery, each made a small shovel that they were able to take home at the end of the day. Annette Bennett, Trades Team Manager at Aspire, took part in the session and was available to discuss career options with the girls.
Finally, the girls were taught marbling techniques during the painting session. Current Aspire Painting and Decorating Apprentice Emma Wake was on hand to assist the trainer and to mentor the girls during the session.
The feedback session at the end of the day showed it to have been a huge success – with a couple of the girls showing a genuine interest in Electrical and Bricklaying Apprenticeships.