Graham-Bam Healthcare Partnership (GBHP), which delivers strategic healthcare projects on the island of Ireland, recently hosted a construction insight event at its Royal Victoria Hospital Maternity site, to support the WOMEN’STEC Summer Scheme for girls
14 girls, aged between 10 and 13 years old, took part in the visit to find out from females who are working in the industry about different careers and roles in the construction industry. WOMENSTEC (Training, Enterprise and Childcare) is the largest quality provider of training for women in non-traditional skills in Northern Ireland. Based in North Belfast, it enables women to return to employment in non-traditional sectors contributing to promoting a diverse workforce and reducing the skills shortage in the construction and ICT industries.
Discussing the visit Attracta Matthews, community benefits advisor of Graham-Bam Healthcare Partnership, a joint venture between Graham and BAM Contractors Ltd, said: “GBHP has supported WOMEN’STEC in many different ways over the years – from hosting site visits, making regular pallet donations for their joinery classes, delivering careers talks and presentations right through to supporting student achievement events.
“WOMENSTEC hosted their summer scheme for girls aged between 10 and 13 this year and asked GBHP to host a site visit to add value to their programme. A total of 14 girls visited our Royal Victoria Hospital Maternity construction site to learn more about construction and to hear about the many different careers and roles from a range of our female employees.
“In addition to seeing a live construction site, they also gained an insight into other aspects of the project such as the community, environmental challenges, human resources and subcontracting.”