Girls Can Do It Too

40 female students were set a challenge to inspire young women to explore careers in construction.

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FOCUS: To tackle the gender gap in construction, engineering and property development by challenging young people's perceptions and making them aware of the opportunities available.

In construction only 11% of the workforce is female and in trades such as carpentry, bricklaying and plumbing that drops to just 4%

Building the Future: Women in Construction, The Smith Institute, March 2014

Property management company, Land Securities, launched their very first Girls Can Do It Too to introduce female Year 8 students from two schools to project planning, encouraging them to think commercially and develop team-working and problem-solving skills, time management, working to deadlines and resourcefulness.

The launch event opened with a guest speech from Colette O’Shea, Managing Director of Land Securities’ London Portfolio, 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 had eight weeks to complete the challenge before pitching their ideas to professionals at Land Securities. The winner s were a team from Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls in Islington.

"A career in property and construction never even crossed my mind. But here I am now, working for the largest FTSE 100 commercial property company in the UK. And that is why our Girls Can Do It Too project is something I am very passionate and excited about. Girls Can Do It Too aims to improve the visibility of the construction sector, providing practical experience, inspirational female mentors and insight to encourage more girls to consider a career in construction and to address the skills gap the sector is facing."

Debbie Akehurst, Head of Economy & Community, Land Securities


  • 95% of students that took part said it helped make them more aware of their own skills and aspirations
  • 100% of students said it improved their speaking and listening skills
  • 95% of students said it improved their confidence and self belief
  • 96% of students said it made them feel more prepared for the world of work


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