Twenty female pupils from Albion Academy in Salford have been given an insight into a career in the construction industry, as part of the Girls Out Loud mentoring programme.

The programme, which aims to raise the aspirations of teenage girls at school by introducing them to female role models, saw the group visit 11 Portland Street (formerly known as Westminster House) in Manchester city centre, a 15,000 sq m commercial office refurbishment project currently being delivered by integrated property services and project delivery specialist, Styles&Wood.

The event was hosted by Styles&Wood Project Manager Natalie Riley, Apprentice Quantity Surveyor Amie Holt and HR Advisor Samantha Thompson. It saw the team discuss the different career paths available, providing an overview of what it is like for women working in the construction industry.

The visit, which was arranged by Michelle Richardson of Deloitte Real Estate, the Project Manager for Aviva Investors, was well-received by both the pupils and the teachers. Commenting on the event, Debbie Eaton of Albion Academy said: “It was informative, inspirational and interesting. The girls really enjoyed it and it gave them an insight in to what careers are available.”

Karen Morley, HR Director at Styles&Wood, added: “Providing mentoring to pupils from our local community is a key aspect of our corporate social responsibility strategy and the work Girls Out Loud is doing to promote the confidence and self-development of young females is incredibly valuable. It was a pleasure to be involved in this initiative and if we can help more young girls to consider a career in the sector, that’s just an added bonus.”

Girls Out Loud is an award-winning social enterprise designed to raise the aspirations of teenage girls in the UK. The organisation creates and delivers early intervention programmes in schools and communities that are focused on building self-esteem, emotional resilience, a positive body image and confidence.

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