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Knowsley School Students Explore Careers in Construction

Female pupils from Kirkby in Knowsley, Merseyside have visited a local housing development to learn about careers in construction and civil engineering to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day.

Twelve girls studying at All Saints Catholic High School were given a tour of the Edenhurst Grange housing development in Roby,  Liverpool where 124 three and four bedroom detached family homes are currently being built by developer Anwyl Homes.

During the visit, the pupils chatted to the site team about the variety of roles available in the building industry, as the majority consider studying engineering at GCSE level.

Fusion21 is working with local authority Knowsley Borough Council and supporting Anwyl Homes to deliver social value opportunities on the development – from arranging educational visits to creating apprenticeships and jobs, to ensure that people living in the local community enjoy the maximum possible benefits.

Commenting on the trip, Deborah Hunt, Head of Department for Design, Tech and Engineering at All Saints said: “We really struggle to get girls to choose engineering at GSCE. Visits like these are great to get girls to see their potential to work in engineering and construction - they are still viewed as men’s careers.”

Rachael Atkin, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager added “Developments like Edenhurst Grange play a key role in supporting future job creation. There are still clear gender gaps in the construction industry and trips like this help to showcase career opportunities to our next generation females.”

To date, Fusion21’s expertise in the planning system has helped more than 600 beneficiaries and resulted in the delivery of 19,000+ training weeks on sites across the UK, kick-starting the careers of many people who have dreamed of working in the construction industry. 

Click here for more information about Fusion21’s Social Value Through Planning Offer.