16 Women into Construction participants recently joined us for a weeklong virtual work experience as part of the Cambridgeshire programme.


The programme included a week of interactive workshops, activities and presentations that explored commercial, technical and production roles in construction, including a welcome from Regional Director of Hill, Tom Hill, a virtual site tour around the Cromwell Road project and virtual site inductions by the CIP team.


Across the week the participants enjoyed Q&A sessions with the commercial, technical and production teams where they discovered the different pathways the teams took into the industry, heard about individual experiences and were able to ask job specific questions to the experts.


“I would thoroughly recommend this programme for anyone who is interested in the construction industry, the course is really informative, and the instructors supported us all the way through.” Said one of the participants.


Participants reported an increase in confidence and industry knowledge having undertaken the experience. They attributed this to the support they received from WIP and CIP, plus the peer-to-peer support across the week.


“The involvement of CIP’s team was invaluable. They offered excellent insight into the disciplines and specific roles during the various mock meetings. The activities they provided were purposeful and thought-provoking. It was interesting and inspiring to hear all your stories and made me realise just what’s possible. I now feel confident in applying in the industry.” Commented another participant.


Participants on the programme are now being supported with training to gain their CSCS cards, practical work placements and industry job brokerage.