The Women Can Build consortium seeks to increase women’s interest in the sector, in Liège

The partners have met for fifth time, in the Belgian city, to discuss the next steps of the project to reach an equal and inclusive sector.

IFAPME Liège-Huy-Verviers centre hosted the fifth meeting of the consortium on November 18th and 19th , which focused on planning and developing the learning experience, aimed at attracting women to the sector through their participation in different trades in the sector. It is a “learn by doing” approach to make known the possibilities offered by the new construction industry: more digitalized, focused on the international market and sustainable.

Among the points discussed, the consortium defined the parameters that will be analysed in the pilot test of the online course for teachers on gender equality, currently available in English and soon in the other languages of the consortium, in order to be able to apply the necessary improvements to this training, with the aim of meeting the teachers’ needs in terms of gender.

Speaking of equality…

As an example of good practice, the testimonies of women in the sector (students, professionals and teachers) collected by the Women Can Build partners in the different countries of the consortium were presented. These personal experiences are part of the European initiative’s commitment to investigate the barriers that professional women encounter in their passage through the industry, both in the classroom and on site.

Steps towards integration

The partners defined the following phases of the project, which include improving the gender awareness of the training centres in the sector. To this end, the consortium will draw up a roadmap with recommendations and proposals to redesign the training offer and re-formulate the current educational methodology with the aim of facilitating the integration of women. Together with this proposal, an action plan will be developed for companies to improve the integration of women in the labour market.

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