Women in Construction – Stirling event report

Leading women working in Scotland’s construction industry aimed to attract Stirling’s female high school pupils to take up a career in construction last month.

70 female students took part in the skills day hosted at Bannockburn High School. The event was led by prominent women working across a variety of careers in construction. They included stonemason Jess Thomson, who has worked on Stirling Castle, and female digital documentation experts from Historic Environment Scotland who are based at The Engine Shed in Stirling.

The pupils got to try out a range of skills including: building surveying, traditional signwriting, stonemasonry, and earth building.

Women currently make up only 13% of workers in the construction sector, and only 1.5% of Modern Apprentices within the construction industry in Scotland.   Coinciding with International Women’s Day and the Scottish Apprenticeship week, the aim of the event was to show young women the significant opportunities that exist within construction.

 The event was organised by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Forth Valley and Stirling City Heritage Trust and supported by Historic Environment Scotland, Construction Industry Training Board Scotland and Forth Valley Traditional Building Forum. The Stirling schools taking part were: Bannockburn High School, Wallace High School, Stirling High School, Balfron High School, Dunblane High School.

You can find out more about the success of the event by downloading a copy of the  Women in Construction Stirling event report.

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