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Places for People launches its Women into Trades Programme

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We have launched a new initiative which will help young women establish careers in construction. The Women into Trades Programme – an initiative born out of our commitment to diversity and inclusion – will offer currently unemployed women career opportunities within the Group’s Affordable Housing businesses.

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The initiative is being delivered by Places for People in partnership with not-for-profit training company Ixion, the Positive Transformation Group – which connects ethical businesses together – and Women into Construction (WiC), and will see opportunities offered to women aged 18+ in six locations across the UK. 

Upon their completion of the initial training programme, the women will be offered a two-year Level 2 Apprenticeship, working with our construction repairs and maintenance departments. Following a performance-based interview at the end of their pre-apprenticeship, each successful  candidate will then be offered a permanent position with Places for People. Trainees not moving onto the apprenticeship programme will also be supported long-term by Positive Transformation Group, which will help them find alternative training programmes.  

As part of this initiative, there will also be an initial online information session with female industry leaders, hosted by Women in Construction and Places for People Executive Director - Affordable Housing, Debi Marriott Lavery. This will be followed by a two-week pre-apprenticeship programme to which all eligible women are encouraged to apply. During these two weeks, the successful applicants will develop their pre-employment skills and gain valuable work experience on site with the Places for People Places Management teams. They will also be encouraged and supported to apply for the Level 2 Apprenticeship. 

“The UK construction sector is still incredibly male-dominated, with females making up less than 16% of the workforce. I believe that through positive action we can redress the balance, giving young women the skills and training they need to start their career in construction."

Debi Marriott-Lavery, Group Executive Director - Affordable Housing

Debi Marriott-Lavery, Group Executive Director - Affordable Housing said: “This is an incredible sector to be a part of; within our Group we are creating and maintaining affordable homes in exciting new communities across the country. This is a great opportunity for young women to come and be a part of our journey, while also laying solid foundations for their future.” 

“We are delighted to work alongside Places for People, a Group which shares our values and commitment to increase female representation in the construction sector."

Kath Moore MBE, Managing Director of WiC 

Kath Moore MBE, Managing Director of WiC said: “We are delighted to work alongside Places for People, a Group which shares our values and commitment to increase female representation in the construction sector. WiC is dedicated to changing the face of construction and is committed to developing new ways to support construction contractors to create lasting change in their businesses – this initiative is a great example of our work in action.”  

Dan Brown, Founder of Positive Transformation Group added: “Positive Transformation Group is committed to systemic positive change in society with a meritocratic, inclusive and diverse workforce being at the forefront of our vision for the future. Having the opportunity to create powerful collaborations for change with forward thinking industry leaders such as Places for People, HACT and Ixion, really brings this vision of the future to life.” 

Our commitment to increasing the number of women in trade roles

We also announced recently that we have signed the Plentific Women’s Trade Network Pledge to further demonstrate our commitment to women in the industry, by removing barriers and providing access to job opportunities, support and training. 

Debi concluded: “Our Group is committed to establishing a more inclusive organisation, and these are just some of the initiatives we are undertaking right now to help underrepresented groups establish careers. I am proud to announce the programme and look forward to welcoming our trainees in the coming weeks.”

The Women into Trades opportunities will be offered to applicants in Leeds, Derby, Edinburgh, Preston, Huntingdon and Milton Keynes. 

Applications can be made now by visiting the Ixion website.


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