Midlands landlord whg is helping more women get into the construction industry with the launch of a new DIY course.

whg has been working with Walsall College to offer a six week trades taster course from its learning centre The Workplace in Bloxwich.

And the pilot has been hailed a huge success, with two of its female students now moving on to full Property Maintenance qualifications and planning a future in the building industry.

Vicky Lenoir, age 30, said: “I loved the taster course. I felt at home and I was in my element with all the power tools and drilling into walls. No week was ever the same.

“I now hope to work on a building site doing brickwork or carpentry – after all, if a man can do it why can’t I?”

Amanda Smith, 41, added: “I didn’t realise there were courses like this around but want to get into this line of work and know a qualification will help.

“The course offered by whg was great and I loved doing it. I learnt all sorts of things such as how to make door frames and skirting boards and wire double ended plugs.

Director of Community Investment Julie Haywood said: “This course has been a great way for us to showcase the wide range of careers that are out there, including those that people may not have ever considered.

“We’re delighted that two of our participants have been inspired to move on and pursue a career in construction, and challenge preconceptions that working in a trade is man’s work.”

The learners were recruited onto the programme via Community Champion Michelle Wiggin. Champions are trusted local advocates motivating and encouraging customers to take that first step towards an improved future. As part of the support, the customers were also awarded a People’s Fund Grant which enabled them to purchase the work wear and tools they required to start the course .

whg works in partnership with a range of local training organisations and local companies to offer training courses from its learning centre The Workplace.

The centre, which houses construction workshops and classrooms, helps local people get the skills they need to get into work, training or volunteering, with the support of a dedicated team of employment and training officers. whg provides an holistic service ensuring that customers also receive information and support to deal with any broader issues ensuring that the customer can focus upon their education .

To find out more about training opportunities at the workplace contact the Employment and Training Team on 0300 555 6666.