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Girl Guides from across Leeds celebrated National Construction Week with a taster day at Leeds City Council’s Construction Skills Learning Centre (CSLC) last Friday.

The event run and funded in partnership by CITB-ConstructionSkills and CSLC is now in its second year and gave 24 girl guides an insight into careers in the construction industry.

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Anne Castle opened the event at CSLC before the girls were whisked off to a HBG development. The £18m project to design and build the new David Young Community Academy in Leeds, gave the girls a taste of what life is like on a construction site.

The afternoon saw the girls try their hand at bricklaying and refining their painting and decorating skills with help from some of the centre tutors.

The day aimed to give year nine and ten girls the opportunity to experience the wide range of exciting opportunities available in the modern construction industry and give them the information needed to make informed career choices.

Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Councillor Richard Harker said “Events like these are a great way of offering young women in Leeds the chance to see for themselves what the construction industry has to offer.
“This is hugely valuable as it can help show the diverse range of jobs available for young women in what has traditionally been seem as a male-dominated industry. “We are very pleased to be supporting the event for the second year.”

Elizabeth Bartle, 15, of the Roundhay Girl Guides group summed the day up
“There are lots of different options in the construction industry, you don’t just have to be a builder. Everyone thinks that it’s for men and it’s not fair. Go find out about it if you’re interested, there needs to be more women doing it.” back