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Building up Women in Construction

Training for Women’s Network (TWN) and ConstructionSkills in Northern Ireland joined forces to host the third annual Women in Construction conference, in Belfast on 27 February. The event brought together women who are currently employed in the industry, with the aims of helping to build a positive image of women in construction and non-traditional sectors and developing the Women in Construction Network.

Those who attended were able to get involved in interactive workshops and hear from a number of high profile speakers, including Claire Carr from Costain, one of the UK's leading construction companies. Claire is a Civil Engineer and project managed the recent St Pancras Station, which has been described as an engineering and architectural triumph, and was highlighted in the recent BBC2 programme 'The £800mill Railway Station.' Claire originates from Co. Tyrone and shared her experiences as a leading woman in construction.

New Entrant Manager, Catherine McGeady said, “We are working hard to promote the fact that jobs in the construction industry are not only for men. We have developed a Women in Construction Network to support local women engaged in all areas of the industry from painting and decorating to quantity surveying. We were delighted to showcase the work that women in construction are doing to over 150 delegates at the event.”

For more information on how to get involved in the Women in Construction Network in Northern Ireland please contact Siobhan Daly at

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