Anne McVicker and Helen Crickard attended the Construction Skills Conference in London on 13th October. The theme of the conference focused on the current economic recession and the environmental impact the construction industry has.
They did a lot of networking on behalf of WOMEN'STEC and there was a lot of interest in the work WOMEN'STEC does. They had the opportunity to talk with the guest speakers and obtained business cards that will provide vital contacts to enhance the work we do.
The importance of attending this event was to ensure that the work WOMEN'STEC do here in Northern Ireland is recognised within the UK setting and this was most certainly achieved.
During their visit to London they met with the Women and Manual Trades director. (WAMT) This was extremely relevant, as this organisation works directly with Construction Skills to bring women into the construction industry. This organisation has also been hit by the recession and they were in the process of downsizing.
The work they carry out is more promotional and they do very little actual training, working alongside colleges and training organisations. It was a great opportunity to become familiar with the work they are involved in and we will be keeping in touch with new plans and events in the future.