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Cardonald encourage more women on trade courses

Cardonald College is urging women to consider the construction industry “where there are jobs to be had and money to be made”.

Due to the increase in the number of women entering the industry over the past five years, the Glasgow-based college is inviting prospective students to overlook conventional “feminine roles” and encouraging them to look at specialist trade courses within its £8.5 million skills centre, opened by Kaye Adams last October.

To date, five young women have enrolled in the college’s construction courses, but they believe that many more women should become involved within these roles, where there are many high paid jobs available.

Duncan McDougall, Strategic Head of the Faculty of Technology, said: “Traditional stereotypes mean that many women consider the industry as “not for women”, just like many men consider nursery nursing as “not for men” which is why we tend to have a lower rate of applications from females for construction courses”.

He added: “Many women take up managerial and professional jobs within the construction industry but it’s the trade jobs where females are under-represented. The college is aiming to redress the situation and to encourage more women into the trades”.

17 year-old Kayleigh McGovern from Provanmill is a 1st year apprentice studying for an SVQ Level 3 in Electrical Installation, and is the only female within a class of thirteen people.

She said: “Guidance staff at high school were really positive and encouraged me to take this course – I could never sit down for very long so I thought it would be an ideal career for me!”

“I am thoroughly enjoying the course and have never felt disadvantaged compared to my male counterparts. My main aim is to work in electrical engineering and after I have completed my course at Cardonald, I hope to go and study for a degree in engineering”.

35 year-old Denise Mckeown is studying an adult pre-apprenticeship course for the Electrical Industry. She said: “When I was 16 I really wanted to be a joiner but at that time it was really hard for women to get into anything to do with construction – I”m so glad times have changed”.

Mr Mcdougall added: “Although the pace of change is slow, there is a general trend towards more confident young women ready to be pioneers in the construction trades and I am convinced that they will have a lot to offer the industry – just as the industry has a lot to offer them”.

“There are jobs in the construction industry as there is a shortage of workers in the industry at present. The good news is that these jobs pay well for good trades-people”.

Honor Whiteman.

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