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Walsall women are completing their final painting challenge as part of an exciting pilot to encourage more women to enter the construction industry.

The group of 10 women, who are taking part in whg’s first UPLIFT women into construction course, are sprucing up Butcroft House, one of whg's wellbeing schemes, in Darlaston.

Working alongside whg tradespeople and CLC Contractors on the two week project, the women will put their new skills into practise as they redecorate two blocks of flats.

Project UPLIFT is being run by the leading Midland’s landlord in partnership with Walsall College and the DWP. As part of the initiative participants spent six weeks learning a range of skills, including painting and decorating, tiling, CSCS card, Asbestos awareness, health and safety and interview preparation.

They are being supported throughout the pilot by whg’s Employment and Training team. Donna Goodall one of the project leads said after completion of the work placement all will be further supported to apply for opportunities within the construction sector to gain a sustained job.

Johnstones Trade have donated paint and materials for the project, while Buildbase supplied toolkits for the participants worth over £2000.

Following completion of the project, CLC Contractors have three jobs and two apprenticeship positions open to the participants. Divisional Director for CLC, Stuart Lilley, said: “We’re thrilled to support whg with the superb initiative and are committed to providing these women with the opportunity to join our team.

“By providing these ‘Earn and Learn’ opportunities and nurturing their talents, we’re able to create more meaningful and inspirational careers. We look forward to welcoming these women into the company and support the development of their new found skills.”

whg’s Employment and Skills Manager Alison Matthews said: “We’re delighted with how successful the pilot has been so far, with the majority of the participants now planning for a future in the industry. Eight of the 10 are preparing for interviews for apprenticeship positions at whg in our maintenance teams, and I’m sure they all have a bright future ahead of them.”

Steve Jones, Specification Development Manager for PPG Architectural Coatings (Johnstone’s Trade) added: “As a supplier of Johnstone’s Trade paint coatings into the construction industry we understand the importance of investing in the future of the construction market and advancing a culture of diversity and inclusion; a key commitment at PPG.

“We are very proud to be able to support whg alongside CLC Contractors in this exciting initiative; inspiring women to enter the construction industry.”

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