South Essex project to increase numbers of women in construction

A women only construction training project is coming to south Essex this September, and local women are being urged to sign up to learn new skills.

South Essex Construction Training Academy (SECTA), is a government funded project aimed at increasing the number of people able to work in the construction industry across south Essex. SECTA has partnered up with Women into Construction to set up a women only training scheme, the first of its kind in south Essex.

The new programme is open to all women aged 18 plus, with information events taking places at the three hubs across south Essex:

  • Basildon, The Advice Store, Westgate Shopping Centre, SS14 1WP – Tuesday 10 September, 1pm–2.30pm
  • Thurrock, Signpost, Crown House, RM17 6JH – Wednesday 11 September, 10am–12pm
  • Southend-on-Sea, The Tickfield Centre, SS2 6ER – Thursday 12 September, 10am–12pm

The deadline to register for each event is the dates of the events listed above, but please note there are limited spaces of roughly 30 per event. Going forward, further events will be available every six to eight weeks until March 2020.

Those who register will have the opportunity to join the programme which will help you develop your CV and interview skills, and give you free training to enable you to gain the CSCS card, first aid and fire marshal qualifications.

There is a guaranteed one week work placement followed by support to gain employment in the industry. Placements will be available in both site based activities and office functions. Placements will be matched as closely as possible to your interest.

Cllr Kevin Robinson, cabinet member for business, culture and tourism, said: “The construction industry is absolutely pivotal to developing towns and cities. It is unique to find an industry that covers such a plethora of job roles, and this is an area we know can drastically improve unemployment rates.

“Women only make up around 14per cent of construction industry professionals nationally, and with over 22,700 additional construction professionals required in Essex alone over the next five years, there is plenty of opportunity for local women to become involved in the construction industry.

“I urge all women with an interest in the industry, or even those perhaps looking for a change in work, to register their interest before the deadline.”

Register your interest at, call 01702 212856 or search Facebook for SECTA Construction Training.

SECTA is funded by the Department for Education, administered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and managed by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, working in partnership with Basildon Council, Castle Point District Council, Rochford District Council and Thurrock Council, along with construction companies and referral partners.

South Essex Construction Training Academy (SECTA) trains and supports people into the construction industry. Through three hubs, based in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock, individualised training and support is provided.


Mick Ferris

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