Construction Industry Training Board NI (CITB NI) and the Women in Construction Network (WICN) hosted the inaugural Women in Construction Summit in March 2020. During this Summit mentoring was identified as a key area of development for women in construction, and an area CITB NI’s Chief Executive committed to deliver.
Mentoring is seen as a valuable way to help women develop their careers, providing support with tackling specific issues by utilising the skills and experience of the mentor to help work through problems and new ideas. It can also be useful for the mentor as it provides them with a new skill set and it increases the network of both parties.
CITB NI has therefore joined Women in Business NI as a corporate member which will provide access to the WIB NI mentoring scheme for members of the CITB NI Women in Construction Network as well as an opportunity to attend free virtual events and avail of discounted development programmes.
The WIB NI mentoring programme is well-established and well-respected which will allow members of the WICN to match with mentors from outside the construction industry. This will provide a wider perspective than an industry-based mentoring scheme and will allow for cross-sectoral learning. WICN members are also encouraged to become mentors as they have valuable experience in the construction sector that may be useful to women working in other areas.
Barry Neilson, Chief Executive from CITB NI, said:
“The Women in Construction NI Summit came about because we listened to what the women in our network told us they would like to see. Similarly we have listened to what they asked for at the Summit and are delighted to become members of Women in Business NI as this will provide great opportunities for mentoring and networking, not just for the Women in Construction Network, but also for our own female staff.”
Chief Executive, Roseann Kelly from Women in Business NI commented:
“We are delighted to have CITB NI as a Corporate Member. Along with a fabulous mentoring programme, Women in Business provides a wealth of opportunities for CITB NI members to develop their personal and professional growth through the Centre of Learning. We are also supporting our members development through online webinars and networking events. We have a packed schedule of free online events in the months ahead offering a mix of business development, industry based online networking and a focus on health and wellbeing.”
Spaces are limited per mentoring cohort, and to participate in the mentoring programme you must be a member of the CITB NI Women in Construction Network which is open to anyone working in the construction industry. The WICN runs seminars and site visits throughout the year and these are beneficial networking opportunities.
A construction sector networking event has been planned by WIB NI on Tuesday 3rd November and WICN members are encouraged to register.
Please click here to join the Women in Construction Round Table.
For more information on the CITB NI Women in Construction Network contact Karen Hunter firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to explore the Women in Business NI mentoring opportunities or to learn more about our corporate membership options, please email: email@example.com for further details.