National statistics show only 11 per cent of the construction industry consists of women - and of those only one per cent work on construction sites.
The Wolves at Work employment programme, run by City of Wolverhampton Council and Department for Work and Pensions, is promoting opportunities and pathways for females who want to get into the construction sector.
Working in partnership with City of Wolverhampton College and Women into Construction, the Wolves at Work pre-recruitment course enabled Catherine Waymouth of Park Dale and Chanelle Vernon of Spring Vale, to secure permanent employment with Jessup, who are also contracted by council-owned housing company, WV Living.
Catherine joined the Women into Construction programme after a gaining work experience with Speller Metcalfe on the recent Civic Centre essential repairs and maintenance project.
She then went on to a paid work trial with Jessup and has since been promoted to the full-time position of Assistant Site Manager.
Catherine, aged 45, said: “Thanks to Wolves at Work and Women into Construction, Jessup were the company that finally took me seriously and offered me a permanent position after a three-month paid work trial. I'm so happy to be working in a great industry for such a brilliant company – they are pro female and support diversity, and I feel comfortable with everyone I have worked with so far.”
Councillor Lynne Moran, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “It is great to see the Wolves at Work programme and our city partners empowering young women in this way. It is yet another success story for the scheme which has already seen more than 3,200 people supported into work.”
Photo l-r: Luana Bills, Women into Construction Project Manager, Catherine Waymouth, Jessup Assistant Site Manager, Chanelle Vernon, Jessup Apprentice, and Karen Campbell, Jessup Development Officer