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College 'taster' targets women for CAD jobs

HOUSEWIVES and unemployed women are the target of a Stockport College initiative to encourage recruits into civil engineering drawing offices.

Launched next week, 'Women 4 engineering' is aimed at those without specific vocational skills. It offers a free introduction to a career in civil engineering through a one week course in computer aided design.

Applicants can then enrol in further courses at the college, and it is hoped that supporting companies will offer work experience.

A pilot scheme carried out in November attracted interest from more than 100 potential students and resulted in 15 job offers on the spot.

The idea is the brainchild of Linda Done, a senior CAD technician at Manchester-based Martin Stockley Associates.

'With more students being encouraged through higher education, apprentices are in short supply, ' she said.

'The idea of this scheme is to give women a better perception of civil engineering through the taster session so that they might be encouraged into the drawing office as a permanent assistant.'

Four taster sessions for up to 12 students will run through the year. If interest grows, funding will be increased.

INFOPLUS Email ld@martinstockleyassociates.co.uk

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