West London College scooped the Women Into Construction ‘Partnerships with Purpose 2022’ award on 15 June, in recognition of the work the college does to combat the gender imbalance in the construction industry. The gala event was held at Carpenter’s Hall, City of London.
West London College runs innovative training programmes to help unemployed women into construction jobs and help to improve gender equality in construction.
David Warnes, Deputy Principal – Strategy, Planning and Communications and Barry Mortimer, West London Green Skills Hub Coordinator attended the prestigious event to collect the award. Barry said: “It was great to meet many of the women that West London College has helped over the last few years at the awards evening. I met one woman who completed a recent programme who told me that she starts a new job next week. She has gone from being unemployed to earning over £40K pa in her new role – she was super happy! I have no doubt that West London College Women into Construction programmes are changing people’s lives.”
Although competition for the coveted WiC award was stiff with Westminster Kingsway College and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London also nominated, overall West London College emerged the winner.
In the same week as winning the award, West London College hosted a visit from the North American campaigning organisation ‘Tradeswomen Building Bridges’. On a fact-finding mission and to share best practices, TBB selected West London College as an example of an outstanding construction training facility.