Girls are constructing a bright future

29th September 2016

Amelia Westbrook, 17, and her colleague, Amy Butzki, 16, from Barking are hoping to kick-start their careers in a traditionally male profession after joining the construction course at Technical Skills Academy.

Amelia Westbrook on the left, 17 , and her colleague, Amy Butzki, 16 , on the right, who have joined the Technical Skills Academy construction course

The course will give them technical skills in painting and decorating, carpentry, tiling and plumbing alongside maths, English and work experience. Both are thoroughly enjoying the course and are excited about taking their first steps in their careers as women in construction.

Amelia said, “I’ve always enjoyed making and building things, and want to make a career in the construction industry; my ultimate aim is to start my own construction business”

Amy added, “I have always been interested in the construction industry and been inspired by architectural design. The industry has always been male dominated but I want to show that it is an industry that females can also have a career”.

Amy aims to work in construction site management and has been inspired by her mum, who works as a site manager for a large construction company. She would like to: “Climb as high as I can in the construction industry” and, “Be a role model to inspire other females to seek careers in the construction industry”.

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