Women’s Bricklaying Taster: Build a BBQ!

This August, St Edward Homes held a two day bricklaying taster course for women only, in partnership with Harlequin Brickwork and Rushmoor Borough Council, to inspire more women into the construction industry. The course attracted nine participants from a range of ages and backgrounds, including stay-at-home mums and currently serving military personnel looking for options when they leave the armed forces.

On day one, the group had a site tour followed by hands on bricklaying experience with the Harlequin Brickwork team to build a BBQ and fire pit in the welfare area for those on site to enjoy.

On the second day, the group met with representatives from different trades (including women) working on site, so they could learn about various careers and options available to them. Following this, we held a BBQ feast cooked on their handmade BBQ to celebrate their hard work.

Following the bricklaying taster course:

  • One course participant is now undertaking an apprenticeship with Harlequin Brickwork.
  • One participant enrolled on a two week training course run by the Hampshire Employment and Skills Hub through the Construction Skills Fund. They received their Health and Safety Level 1 and a CSCS card.
  • One participant decided to follow up with a plastering company.
  • The Army Welfare team are in contact with Harlequin Brickwork and are arranging for them to teach their soldiers to build a pizza oven at their barracks!

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