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Girls get taster' for Olympics building site jobs

PUBLISHED: 12:02 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:53 05 October 2010

Pupil Bethel Yohanis, 13, gets to grips with tiling

Pupil Bethel Yohanis, 13, gets to grips with tiling

GIRLS at a secondary school in London's East End have shown they're a dab hand on a building site. The 14 and 15-year-olds from Shadwell's Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate Girls' school spent a day at a construction industry training centre in Blackwall trying their hand at craft skills

Pupil Bethel Yohanis, 13, gets to grips with tiling

GIRLS at a secondary school in London's East End have shown they're a dab hand on a building site.

The 14 and 15-year-olds from Shadwell's Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate Girls' school spent a day at a construction industry training centre in Blackwall trying their hand at craft skills.

These included tiling, painting, carpentry and wallpapering. An additional session had them planning an 'eco friendly' house.

The school was one of seven secondaries in Tower Hamlets to book places in the construction 'taster' sessions run by Local Labour in Construction which developed the course.

"We wanted to give the pupils a taste of practical skills in the building industry," said the organisation's Paul Dixon.

"Even if the girls decide not to pursue a career in the building trades, they would still have skills they could use in later life."

The scheme is being paid for by the London Development Agency from a fund available to the five Olympic host boroughs specially for construction training.

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