Mace has found a lack of women applying to their apprenticeship programmes in the mechanical and electrical engineering (MEP) sector.
To address this, Mace’s MEP directors have worked alongside the community engagement and emerging talent teams to explore the causes and solutions to the issue. A trend noticed by community engagement managers at Mace is that young women who enter the industry often have a family member already working in the sector. The team decided to capitalize on this by asking Mace employees to support the efforts to attract young women into the industry.
Laura Hampson, Community Engagement Manager, also recognised that “a major barrier to young women choosing construction careers is a lack of understanding of the opportunities available.”
With this in mind a pilot project was delivered that asked Mace employees to invite 15-16 year old women from their home networks to a ‘taster day’ of a career in MEP. During the day, seven young women visited live construction sites to learn about mechanical and electrical management. To help the participants learn, a workbook was created by Mace for them to complete with a prize of an iPad on offer for the best one.
All of the participants have been given the opportunity to return to Mace for a few days of work experience. This seems promising given one participant’s comments: “Being involved in this course has really inspired me and taught me a lot about the construction industry.”
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