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Women in the Construction Industry

27 October 2023
Women make up around 14% of construction industry, but we want to ensure this number rises.

Women make up around 14% of construction industry, but we want to ensure this number rises. There are endless rewards and benefits, room for progression and skills development so it’s definitely an industry worth looking into.

How do I get into the Construction industry?

There are so many ways to start your career in construction: you could achieve a qualification at College, complete an apprenticeship, become a trainee, work experience or a university degree.

What trades are there?

There are many different trades to choose from within the Construction industry which all require different skills and knowledge, including:

  • Carpentry
  • Tiling
  • Bricklaying
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Landscaping
  • Plastering
  • Welding
  • Roofing
  • Joining

Are there roles in the industry that aren’t trade-based?

Yes, there are a range of job roles that you can enter the industry with that aren’t trade-based. These include Project Managers, Surveyors, Health & Safety Officers, Site Managers and Architects to name just a few. Our Computing courses for example will help you learn transferrable skills that you can use in administrative roles in construction. 

How do I choose the right pathway for me?

We know it can be difficult to decide which career you want, that’s why at Sheppey College, we offer a Multi Trade course which includes aspects of all trades and health and safety. Giving you a sample of each trade will allow you to see which you prefer and want to pursue further. Our Level 1 Progression programme also allows you to try a hand at every single course we offer, meaning that you can gain an insight into the roles that you may want to progress into and work towards.

What facilities does EKC Sheppey College have?

We have specialist Brick and Carpentry workshops, where you can learn key practical skills and knowledge in preparing to carry out multi-craft construction activities. Through practical exercises and our expert tutors who have years of experience, you can think about your next steps in construction trades.

How can I get into Construction at EKC Sheppey College? 

You can come to one of our Open Days, explore our facilities, talk to our team and see which of our courses are right for you.