Torus tenant, Ella is embracing her new role in alternative education where she’s enjoying the opportunity to work with young people and teach them about construction.
Before becoming a Construction Tutor, Ella was on a zero hours contract and even though the hours were available, she wanted more stability for her family. With previous experience within social services, behavioural issues and landscape gardening, Ella was looking for her next venture.
Torus Foundation, Employment Officer, Phil had previously worked with Ella through other employment support and approached her with the chance to sign up to the Women in Construction programme. For just over two weeks, Ella and her group gained hands on experience through various taster sessions covering joinery, plastering, bricklaying and more. Sessions also covered important topics such as Health & Safety and understanding the construction environment.
Ella explains, “I agreed to get involved as I knew the team wanted the best for me. Although it was quite daunting at first, it brought down barriers of perception of what can be achieved.”
Almost 30 ladies have so far completed the Torus Foundation initiative, which is funded by St Helens Chamber. Like Ella, some participants have gained employment, others successfully secured work experience with companies such as Torus group member, HMS, many have chosen to go for further training and for ladies it’s simply been a journey of realising their own potential.
“Ella has always shown a drive and potential, adds Phil. “We’re delighted she’s gained employment where she’s back being hands on. It’s a challenging role but we know Ella is going to excel and be a great role model for others.”
Although the programme has benefitted ladies from St Helens and Warrington, the team are currently looking to see what plans could be implemented to reach a wider audience and empower women within other neighbourhoods we work within.
Ella adds, “At the very least, we’ve all been able to bring the skills we’ve learnt, back to benefit us in our own homes. For those thinking of getting involved, try it, what have you got to lose.”