We are encouraging women to try their hand at plumbing, bricklaying and carpentry as part of a drive to increase the number of females within our trades’ workforce.
We are running a taster day on 8 September at South Devon College, Paignton, to help women decide if a career in a trade might be for them.
The college’s tutors and LiveWest tradespeople will help women try various activities such as soldering pipes and building a wall.
The event will be open to women with a variety of experience and age levels including those who have no experience at all.
The day will enable both LiveWest customers and members of the wider community to gain an insight into several trades and potentially kick-start a career in the housing sector.
Attendees of the taster day will also be able to learn more about our apprenticeship programme, which prepares people to enter the skilled trade industry.
Liane Sheppard, Director of Property Services, said: “Women are not well represented in skilled trades and we want to address that by giving them opportunities at LiveWest.
“We have some great female role models already working across our trades, but we want more.
“We want to empower more women to pursue a trades career.
“The taster day will be a relaxed, fun look at a number of trades and the chance to have a go to see if you like it.
“What we have found in the past is that if females are empowered to try out these trades, the results can be phenomenal.
“LiveWest is committed to welcoming female colleagues to our trades and this could be the start of an exciting journey for those interested in launching or changing their careers.”
Following the taster day, we will be recruiting several apprentices in a range of trades across the organisation.