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Girls from two Doncaster schools have been given a taste of the construction industry.

The girls, from Don Valley and The Hayfield Schools, got an overview of the opportunities in technical and craft apprenticeships and a tour of the site of the Doncaster Southern Gateway road improvement scheme.

The event was part of National Apprenticeship Week and aimed to encourage diversity within the construction sector by inspiring school girls and highlighting the scope of opportunities available for apprentices in the region.

Pam Lee, construction careers advisor at CITB-ConstructionSkills in Yorkshire and Humber, said: “Although women are increasingly drawn to construction, they are still under-represented so we are urging them to find out about the huge range of careers and routes into the industry available to them.”

Christine Senior, area development manager from CITB-ConstructionSkills, added: “It was pleasing to see the number of girls who were genuinely interested in pursuing construction as a career. Opportunities are there in the construction industry for those who show the right skills and commitment, regardless of gender and we are keen to spread this message.”