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ConstructionFemale apprentice encourages more women to join the construction industry

Female apprentice encourages more women to join the construction industry

Rosie Coyle thinks more females should consider careers in the construction industry and tells us why, this National Apprenticeship Week.

The 20-year-old from Preston (pictured) has had a long-held passion for building and construction and decided to pursue an apprenticeship with McCarthy Stone – a manager and developer of retirement communities.

After almost a year and a half with the company, Rosie has made the move to Jessiefield Court – a retirement development being created in Didsbury.


Rosie started her level 4 construction site supervisor apprenticeship in September 2022 after completing her A-levels, and is loving the variety of the course and the different perspectives it brings.

Now she will join the senior site team to oversee the construction of the 26 one and two-bedroom low-maintenance apartments on Spath Road.

Rosie said: “I changed my mind a lot when I was younger, about what I wanted to do with my career. I’d been around building sites in the past and had been fascinated by the process. I began looking into apprenticeships and it became clear this was the right path for me.

“As a girl at a very academically focused school, a career in construction was perhaps an unusual choice – but I’m loving it and I’ve no regrets.

“I love the fact that in the construction industry you can see the difference and the
progress you are making. You can experience the complete lifespan of a project, from acquisition of a piece of land, right through to completion and new homeowners moving in; and when you’re on site you can see the build progress day by day.”

Rosie thinks more female students would consider a career in construction if they knew about all the options available.

She added: “I have come across lots of women during my training who are hugely successful within the field. I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship and would encourage other girls to consider construction as a worthwhile career. There are so many diverse roles that you can do and so much opportunity to build on these skills and qualifications.”

Once complete, Jessiefield Court will consist of Retirement Living apartments with state-of-the-art facilities designed to enable the over 60s to enjoy maximum independence during retirement.

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