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NotJustForBoys Event Inspires Future Female Tradespeople in Partnership with CITB NI

WOMENSTEC, in collaboration with funder CITB Northern Ireland (CITB NI), were thrilled

to host a #NotJustForBoys taster day for P7 pupils from St Patrick’s Primary School in

June 2024. This exciting event provided young girls with hands-on experience in various

trades, including drills, saws, bricklaying, and car mechanics.

The #NotJustForBoys programme, supported by CITB NI through their Training in

Partnership Funding, aims to challenge gender misconceptions in the trades and

encourage females to explore career opportunities in sectors traditionally dominated by

men. The pupils enthusiastically embraced the chance to try their hands at these skills,

demonstrating their eagerness to learn about trades.

"Thank you to CITB for partnering with us on this wonderful event," said Claire King,

#NotJustForBoys Coordinator at WOMENSTEC. "We are incredibly proud of all the girls

who participated and hope that it has broadened their mindset around future careers and

the belief that construction is #NotJustForBoys.”

Rachel Dorovatas, Director CITB NI said “CITB NI is proud to support WOMEN’STEC

#NotJustForBoys Programme through our Training in Partnership Funding and were

delighted to support the recent #NotJustForBoys taster day. It was a fantastic opportunity

to collaborate and inspire young females to consider a future in construction and we look

forward to more partnership events in the future.”

WOMENSTEC is dedicated to promoting gender equality in the workforce by providing

women with the skills and confidence to pursue careers in non-traditional sectors. The

success of the #NotJustForBoys taster day underscores the importance of continued

efforts to engage and empower young women in the trades.

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