Inspiring Women in the Built Environment programme into its third year

The third Women in the Built Environment event, held by the Employability Team at NTU, welcomed 50 female students from across the School, alongside 24 female employer delegates from property, construction, architecture and engineering industries.

The third annual Women in the Built Environment (WIBE) event, held by the Employability Team at NTU, welcomed 50 female students from across the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment. It also welcomed 24 female employer delegates from property, construction, architecture and engineering companies and professional bodies.

Despite increases in the numbers of female students enrolling onto built environment related courses in higher education, women are still significantly under-represented within the construction and built environment industries. The aim of the WIBE programme is to provide female students with access to female industry professionals who are able to provide them with advice, confidence and inspiration for their future careers.

Opening this year's event was Victoria Goodliffe, senior lecturer within the Property Management and Development course areas at NTU, followed by presentations from Sally Postle, a final year Civil Engineering student who undertook her placement year at BWB Consulting, Amy Fitzgerald, Senior Engineer at Interserve Project Services, Mary Lunney (NTU alumna), Cost Consultant at Arcadis, Carly Robinson, Estates Manager at Vision Express and Linda Goodacre, Head of Retail Property at EE.

The presentations provided an insight into their careers so far, and the major challenges they have faced and overcome. They provided students with encouragement and inspirational advice for completing their degrees and getting started in industry.

The final presentation was from BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Construction Management student Katy Hicks, who gave an introduction to the WIBE Internship Prize, where female students have the opportunity to apply for a 10-week summer internship at either Arcadis or Barratt Developments.

Katy, who won the internship with Arcadis (formerly EC Harris) following last year's event, provided an insight into what she learned and the benefits of gaining practical experience. Over the summer Katy worked in the Automotive and Aerospace team at Arcadis.

Prior to this, Katy didn't have any specialist experience in this area, however, the internship was so successful that Katy has since been sponsored by Arcadis to continue working with them as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor, while completing her studies part-time, one day a week.

Find out more about Katy in her online profile and read more about the WIBE event on the ADBE Employability blog.

Inspiring Women in the Built Environment programme into its third year

Published on 14 December 2015
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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