Land Securities launch Girls Can Do It Too

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Yesterday saw the launch of Girls Can Do It Too, an exciting new project from Land Securities which hopes to inspire young women to explore careers in construction.

The proportion of female workers in construction is just 11% in the UK so this project with St Martin-in-the-Fields High School and Mount Carmel College for Girls in London hopes to increase the number of young women in this sector by capturing their imaginations and inspiring them to consider a career in construction, engineering or property more broadly. It will introduce them to project planning, encourage them to think commercially and develop team-working and problem-solving skills, time management, working to deadlines and resourcefulness.

The launch opened with a guest speech from Colette O’Shea, Managing Director of Land Securities’ London Portfolio. This was followed by a careers panel of female role models in the sector from Keltbray, JLL, Land Securities and Duprez Consulting.

Three workshops focusing on demolition, tower building and a tour of Land Securities’ new state-of-the-art headquarters in Victoria completed the day before the girls were set a challenge to complete their own construction project. Each school will be working over the next eight weeks to complete the challenge before pitching their ideas to professionals at Land Securities.

Tania Nile, our Project Manager on Girls Can Do It Too said: "After over a year of planning it was hugely satisfying to launch the Land Securities Girls Can Do It Too initiative. The female volunteers were incredibly inspiring and we cannot wait to see the girls develop their ideas over the coming weeks."

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