On Thursday 19th of September, the North West Construction Hub, in collaboration with Equans, Manchester and Cheshire Construction and Warden, facilitated a Have-a-Go event at HMP Styal. The initiative aimed to provide females due for release with the chance to explore the world of construction, offering them a fresh perspective on potential career paths.
The event was a resounding success, leaving a positive impact on participants and all those who contributed to making it happen. Participants were given the opportunity to try their hand at various construction skills, such as tiling, plastering, bricklaying and painting. These hands-on-experiences not only introduced them to aspects of construction, but ignited a sense of possibility and self-belief.
Participants who enjoyed the event and are inspired to further explore the possibility of a career in construction are now invited to participate in a training week, which will provide them with further construction training as well as employability sessions, such as CV writing. Participants also have the opportunity to gain a CSCS card, a nationally recognised certification that will evidence their skills, knowledge and commitment to the industry.
The Styal Prison social value initiative was also run last year, and was very successful, securing employment in construction for a number of individuals – evidencing the power of collaboration between organisations, transcending traditional boundaries to create a meaningful impact on individuals lives.
The North West Construction Hub is greatly looking forward to the outcomes of this years programme.