An exciting new campaign has been launched to support women and girls in non-traditional skills in Northern Ireland. The campaign, #NotJustForBoys Champions launched on 31 March and partners up with construction industries and other advocates to help change the image of construction to be a more welcoming and inclusive sector for women and girls to work in. The #NotJustForBoys Champions is an initiative to support the wider work of WOMEN’STEC and the highly successful #NotJustForBoys programme.
Working in partnership with schools, colleges, and industry, the programme challenges gender stereotypes and empowers women and girls to explore careers in non-traditional industries where women are under-represented, along with helping to bridge the current skills gap. WOMEN’STEC provides training in non-traditional skills including, carpentry, plumbing, electrics, horticulture, tiling, painting and decorating, and Information Technology, accompanied with personal development and employability support. Everything is focused on enhancing the skills and confidence of participants, empowering them to realise their full potential. Lisa McCaul, Social Enterprise Manager with WOMEN’STEC said, “We are delighted to be launching the #NotJustForBoys Champions initiative. We know there is a skills shortage and that the industry need to access a wider pool of labour. We also know that women and girls are not offered these choices when considering career pathways.”
Lynn Carvill, Chief Executive of WOMEN’STEC explained how the launch is the culmination of months of work, consulting with the construction industry and others who are keen to improve workforce diversity and inclusion.
“This campaign is a ‘win-win’ for all, I am really looking forward to seeing the #NotJustForBoys Champions badge used far and wide across NI; the idea is to provoke discussion and challenge stereotypes and widen career choices for girls, career choices that invariably are more financially lucrative and less precarious than what is currently offered. “Anyone can be a #NotJustForBoys Champion, businesses, individuals, schools.
For further information on how to become a #NotJustForBoys Champion, go to the following webpage: www.notjustforboys.org
Lisa McCaul on +44 (0)28 9074 9810.
Business NotJustForBoys Champion cost: £500 PA.
Individual NotJustForBoys Champion cost £25 PA.
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