16th March 2022
International Women’s Day is a chance to globally celebrate women’s achievements and promote gender diversity. To mark this day we hosted a session for a group of UTC students delivered by Barnwood Ltd, a large construction company based in Gloucester. Barnwood actively participate in outreach work to encourage diversity in the construction community and they were keen to take part in an event with our UTC to help promote the industry, discuss the topic of women in construction and the wide range of STEM related careers that the industry has to offer.
Our students gained an increased awareness of construction roles such as quantity surveying, health and safety, CAD setting, carpentry, site management and civil engineering. Partway through the session students got to explore real building plans for our very own UTC building, which generated an appreciation of the thought and design processes involved with such a major project. Our students were then tasked to design a brand and floor plan for a restaurant of their choice. Each group thoroughly engaged with the activity and showed real design flare with the use of CAD designed structures, mood boards and technical drawings. Barnwood found it impossible to choose a winner from all of the well thought through designs and so kindly presented each participant with a chocolate gift.