Women in Property launches competition for students in South West England

October 18, 2014

Schools from across the south West of England will be participating in the third annual Women in Property (WiP) schools competition, in which pupils are asked to design an eco-home of the future.


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The competition has been developed by members of the South West branch of WiP – all leading property and construction professionals – to raise awareness of the wide number of career opportunities available across the property and construction sector. It is particularly aimed at encouraging girls to consider a career within the property industry.

Laura Fuller, of law firm Burges Salmon and WiP Chairman, South West branch, said: “Currently women represent only 15 per cent of the industry workforce. There is now a significant movement in the industry to improve diversity, whether this is gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation. Our remit is to attract girls into the industry and it is widely acknowledged that doing so when they are young, ideally when they are making their GCSE choices, helps them to start ‘thinking property’.”

Rachel Bell of Architects, Stride Treglown, who is a key co-ordinator of the schools competition, said: “We ran this competition for the first time in 2012 and it was great to see how much the students took on board, in terms of the different industry disciplines. They were able to understand how development is very much about team working, with different professionals with diverse skills coming together to make a scheme happen.”

“We are delighted to again have the support of Crest Nicholson, who have donated a ‘virtual’ plot of land at The Paintworks, Bristol, bringing the competition to life, as we all able to envisage where the winning design might theoretically be built.”

The students and their teachers have received briefing packs and job descriptions to enable them to take on the challenge. The closing date is 24 October with judging by an industry panel taking place on 4 November.

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