Female Students Step into Steel Topcaps
Published by Paul Diggory for North Wales Housing Association in Housing
Students and members of teh NWH and K&C teams on site at Hafod y Parc
A group of twelve 13-15 year old female students from Eirias High School in Colwyn Bay have taken a tour at a nearby construction site to determine whether a career in construction could be the right choice for them. The visit was arranged in partnership with Construction Skills Wales.
North Wales Housing is currently developing a new extracare scheme, ‘Hafod Y Parc’ on Kinmel Avenue, Abergele, a £9 million project, that is currently in the early phase of construction. Local contractor K&C Construction is managing the contract and Project Manager, Huw Davies, lead the tour alongside Wendy Dearden and Helen Williams of North Wales Housing.
Huw said: “The group spent the afternoon on site and were able to get a true feel of what it’s like to work in this environment. At the moment, we’re in the early phase of constructing the ground floor wall panels– from this stage, I was able to describe how the build will evolve through the coming months and share plans of how it will eventually look.”
The pupils spent the morning at Llandrillo College where they were given the opportunity to carry out some practical activities connected with the industry. On site the girls were encouraged to ask questions about the industry and explore what professional roles there are within the sector.
Huw added: “I think the industry would most definitely benefit from more women across all disciplines. There is a clear skills shortage in construction and we need to encourage the next generation to join us and help keep this important industry moving and growing.”
Wendy Dearden of North Wales Housing, herself a Development officer added: “From my own experience I would encourage the girls to consider the wide range of roles in the construction industry. This was a fantastic afternoon and the students all seemed really keen to learn more about life on site.”
North Wales Housing will be holding two more site visits for female students on the coming weeks from Ysgol Creuddyn and Eirias High School.
Emrys Roberts, Construction Careers Advisor for Construction Skills Wales highlighted the importance of these events for the industry. “It a great way of getting girls to think about a career that they may not have considered. Companies are looking for people with the best talent regardless of whether they are male or female.”
Once complete, Hafod y Parc will feature 49 one and two-bedroomed apartments and will offer independent living for the older person. This is the second extracare scheme that is being developed by North Wales Housing, having successfully completed one of North Wales first extracare developments, Llys y Coed in Llanfairfechan.