Contractor backs ‘Women into Construction’ programme

CONTRACTOR Graham has facilitated a project to support young women into construction in Scotland.

Women from across central Scotland taking part in the ‘Women into Construction’ programme have completed a three-day course to build a wind turbine.

The programme was devised by Action for Children to encourage more females into the industry. Graham is a lead partner of the initiative and arranged for the group of young women to take part in the wind turbine project with ConStructEd Scotland at Sibbald’s training facility at Blackridge.

The course has seen the group manage all aspects of a wind turbine construction project from the ground up. The team has built formwork, tested and poured concrete, erected the turbine mast and assembled the electrics to generate power.

Across the seven-week programme, the young women will learn about various sectors of the construction industry.

Suzanne Stevenson, social impact advisor for Graham said, “There is a significant gender imbalance in the construction sector, so initiatives like ‘Women into Construction’ provide a strong platform to show just how rewarding and varied a career in construction can be. As a company, Graham looks to provide as many opportunities as possible to the younger generation, including apprenticeship schemes and funding further education. It’s been a pleasure to watch the young women progress throughout the course and we look forward to supporting them in their futures where possible.”