Women continue to show that the building industry is no longer just a man’s world, with a high proportion of female students gaining Higher National Certificates (HNC) in Construction at the College of West Anglia (CWA).
Two employees from Lovell’s East Anglia region were among those celebrating at this year’s CWA graduation ceremony, in King’s Lynn.
Katie Pointer says: “My employers at Lovell put me through the HNC course as I was originally working for them as an administrator and have since changed to a trainee estimator. I actually live in Norwich and commute once a week but it’s been worth it as the tutors at CWA are really supportive.”
Hannah Hewitt also works at Lovell and has worked her way up through the BTEC Level 3 at CWA, to now studying for a Higher National Diploma. She comments: “My dad’s a builder and ever since I was a little girl I used to help him. I chose CWA as it is a well-known as a respected college in this industry. I have always wanted to get into the profession and I am really enjoying it.”
Lovell construction manager Michael Saunders says: “Encouraging talented people like Hannah and Katie into our business and helping them build careers is absolutely essential to the continuing success both of our company and the wider industry. It’s fantastic to see them succeeding and getting their qualifications.
“The construction industry has definitely changed; nowadays it offers women a host of exciting and challenging careers. That’s a message we’re keen to communicate to encourage more girls and women to consider working in construction. It’s a business where you can really make a difference. At Lovell, there are women working across the company planning, designing, and building new homes.”