Education Partnership North East is backing a national initiative to ensure the construction industry is a place of diversity and inclusion for all. 

The leading college group, which includes Hartlepool Sixth Form, Northumberland College and Sunderland College, has pledged to support the National Federation of Builders’ (NFB) Women in Construction campaign which addresses the barriers and challenges women face in the sector and the actions required to overcome them. 

The Roadmap for Industry encourages companies to implement small, positive changes that can gradually make a change for the better, and in turn boost the percentage of women – currently 14% – entering and staying in the sector. 

As one of Education Partnership North East’s curriculum specialisms, its colleges are committed to changing perceptions and inspiring more young women to consider a career in construction, educating future generations on the roles available and the benefits of working in the industry. 

Through engaging and informative activities, secondary school pupils are invited on to campus and given an overview of construction trades including brickwork, carpentry and joinery, electrical installation, plastering and plumbing. They take part in hands-on activities, meet our construction students and find out about apprenticeships from our employers who highlight the opportunities and career prospects available to in traditionally male dominated environments. 

The group also works closely with employer partners to shape a career-focused curriculum offering a wide range of T Levels, vocational courses and apprenticeships, which provide inclusive opportunities for all. 

Over the next 12 months, Education Partnership North East will: 

  • Create a more inclusive Apprenticeship recruitment service 
  • Arrange outreach events aimed at female pupils to raise awareness of the construction industry and the roles available 
  • Arrange masterclasses and industry talks with female construction professionals 
  • Deliver construction careers fairs to engage female pupils from local schools to raise awareness of career pathways available. 

Rebecca Storey, Senior Business Advisor, said: “We are thrilled to announce Education Partnerships North East’s participation in the National Federation of Builders Women in Construction Pledge. We are keen to support the industry in creating the inclusive, diverse workforce it needs to meet regional and national demands.  

“Through digital advancements within construction, now more than ever, the industry offers a wide range of careers and progression opportunities. Education Partnership North East has some exciting activities planned to engage the workforce of the future.” 

Why Education Partnership North East (EPNE)?

Highly commended - Employer of the Year, Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards 2019

Engagement with Employers - Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award 2017

(Sunderland College On-programme Survey 2017)

Selected by DfE for 2021 T Level pilot to deliver the new high-quality technical qualifications.

98% overall employer satisfaction - Employer Survey 2018/19