Inspiring women

Women from London recently attended a free ‘trade’ taster workshop focused on repairs and maintenance and organised by Mears Group, the leading provider of maintenance services to social housing, working in partnership with Construction Youth Trust.

After the success of the first five workshops in Nottingham, Cardiff, London, Canterbury, and Manchester a second London taster day was held at the Construction Youth Trust Training Centre in Bermondsey.

The series of workshops around the UK aims to provide a practical and inspiring learning experience for women who wish to have a go at a trade before deciding on whether to pursue a career in building maintenance.

Fourteen of the participants said they would now consider a career working in the building repairs and maintenance sector.

Gainor Keeton, Mears project manager, said: “Only 1% of construction trade operatives in the construction sector are female. We are determined to do better than this and to increase the number of tradeswomen across the social housing building maintenance sector.”