Construction Inc. Women in Construction Tasters

09 June 2022 - 16 June 2022
4.00pm - 6.30pm
  London Road Campus
Shrewsbury Colleges Group
London Road Campus
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Construction Inc. Tasters for Year 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 girls

Thursday 9 June 4.00-6.30pm

Thursday 16 June 4.00-6.30pm

Breaking down barriers to women joining the construction industry


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Construction and the specialist trades within this sector offer amazing opportunities for those with an interest in creativity, detail and craftsmanship. They can lead to university courses, management jobs and lifelong careers in your area of expertise, with roles as diverse as joinery and bricklaying to site management and interior design.

Whilst there is a perception that this area of industry remains male-dominated, there is a fast-growing number of women joining the workforce and finding career success and job satisfaction.

SCG Construction Inc. Taster sessions aim to give girls the opportunity to try out these trades and see where their skills lie, in a supportive and welcoming environment. Led by our female teachers this is your chance to investigate typical trades activities and ask the questions you really want to know the answer to, surrounded by your peers and friends.

On 9 June: Angela Simpson, Head of Assets at Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing Ltd, has kindly agreed to come along and tell us all about her journey from ger Building Surveying degree, through 25 years in the industry, to managing teams that cover 4000 properties throughout the county. 

On 16 June: we are also delighted to announce that Charlotte Edwards, Director at Dennis Edwards Homes, will be joining us to share her experiences of running an established construction business with her mother Sally. 

Held in our Electrical Plumbing & Gas workshop you will undertake activities in:

Carpentry & Joinery
Construction and the Built Environment
(architecture, site management etc.)
Electrical Installation
Painting & Decorating

There will be the opportunity to ask questions during each activity or you can drop your query into our anonymous “Ask-it Basket” for the teachers to answer at the end of the session.

We will also have staff on hand to tell you more about Apprenticeships (earn whilst you learn), and Work Experience programmes where you spend part of your time at college in a real workplace doing a real job.

On completion of the session, you will receive a personalised certificate for your Achievement Portfolio and a better insight into the brilliant world of careers in construction.

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Please note that this is a women-only event, intended as an inclusive definition of women to welcome trans women and those that are nonbinary or identify as a woman.

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  • Angela Simpson

    Angela Simpson

    Angela Simpson is currently employed by Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing Ltd as their Head of Assets. STAR Housing is Shropshire Council’s Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) and it manages approx. 4000 properties throughout Shropshire.

    Angela has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years after completing her degree in Building Surveying from Liverpool John Moores University. Throughout that time she has worked for a number of public sector organisations and registered social housing providers, from the University of Warwick to Westcountry Housing Ltd in Torquay to West Midlands Fire Service. Her role has included overseeing new build schemes to disposal of land and properties and many different aspect of property management and maintenance in between.

    In her current role Angela manages a team of over 60 that includes contract officers, repairs team leaders through to trades. Her role covers sustainability, energy efficiency through to performance management and health and safety.

    Angela decided that she wanted to become involved with construction and the building industry following attendance at a “women in construction” event whilst she was at school so she is keen to pass on any advice and encouragement.

  • Charlotte Edwards

    Charlotte Edwards

    Charlotte Edwards is an ‘accidental’ property developer, turning tragedy into triumph as she rebuilt a family development business with no knowledge or experience, delivering the most profitable year since the business began 30 years ago.

    Charlotte’s story is both empowering and inspirational, more so as she has achieved it alongside being a single mum and during Covid. Through Instagram @accidentalfemaledeveloper<>, she aims to encourage women to join her in a property and construction industry currently dominated by men with her down-to-earth look at life as a developer.

    Key facts

    * £7.7m GDV new build project completed with no previous experience
    * Most profitable year in the company’s 30-year history
    * Self-taught developer over 24 months
    * 10 (properties) in 10 (months) buy-to-let goal achieved
    * >£1.5m Buy, Refurbish, Refinance property portfolio built in 10 months


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