College Supports Women In Construction

Tue, 2001-06-12 01:00

Staff from East Durham College’s Technical Academy attended the launch of the NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) branch in the North East.

The official launch was held last week at the NE40 Studios in Ryton near Newcastle. There were speakers and presentations about NAWIC and what the Association hopes to achieve for the North East, followed by a buffet and live music from local bands.

NAWIC is an international organisation for women working in the construction industry. Their members include architects, lawyers, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers, tradeswomen and others working or studying in the industry.

The Association helps organise events such as site visits, seminars, workshops, industry related events and informal gatherings where members have the opportunity of meeting and forming relationships with other professionals working within the industry.

Clare Hammond, from RG Developments Durham Limited, said: “It was an informal event to meet, greet, and tell people what we are hoping to arrange for the coming year and inform them about NAWIC and what we hope to achieve for the North East group.”

Tanja Smith, Associate Architectural Technologist at Gradon Architecture and Vice Chairperson of the committee, added: “It was fantastic to see how many women responded. It just shows how much this kind of association is needed and how much potential it has if everyone takes part.

“The feedback has been encouraging and we hope to take the region forward successfully.”

Carina Tomlinson, Curriculum Director for Construction Industries at East Durham College, said: “Construction is predominantly a male dominated industry and is poorly represented by females.

“It’s essential that more is done to encourage women into this sector and that’s why East Durham College is pleased to be involved with NAWIC North East.

“It is inspiring for our female students to see so many highly respected women are involved with NAWIC and employed in highly regarded and professional positions within leading construction-related companies.”