IWD: Free DIY and Home Maintenance Training Course for Women

08 March 2023

To celebrate International Women’s Day we are running a week of free DIY and home maintenance training for women, at City Skills in Salford.

Taking place between 6-10 March, the training has 15 female participants who are over 18 years old and unemployed or on a low income, who wish to learn DIY and home maintenance skills, such as decorating, tiling and how to carry out simple plumbing work. 

As well as training, participants are also able to get advice on how they can reduce their energy costs and get the support and guidance they need to help them get into work. During the week they will also hear from guest speakers and have the opportunity to take part in mock interviews. 

Krissy Jones who attended the training course, said:

“I joined the course after leaving a career I have worked in for 15 years looking to start a new career. The DIY course offers this opportunity and it has been very helpful in learning about apprenticeships in the construction industry, as well as basic DIY skills I can use at home. The staff on the course have been very helpful and knowledgeable, and I am glad I attended.” 

Hollie Heil, a multi-skilled technician and guest speaker from The Guinness Partnership said:

“This is a great opportunity to learn new skills and I am thrilled to able to share my experience with others, who one day may wish to take up maintenance work as a career.” 

City Skills, part of Salford College, kindly provided the venue for the week, which allowed us to deliver the training.  Also, funded by our training partners and donated by Jewson Partnership Solutions all attendees will receive a free toolbox and goodie bag – an amazing end-of-course gift and great celebration of International Women’s Day.  

International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements throughout the world and acts as a catalyst for change by encouraging everyone to consider their own attitudes and actions when it comes to gender equality.  

A big thank you to our partners Frameworks Social Enterprise CIC, Salix Homes, Wates, Keepmoat Homes, Jewson Partnership Solutions, Smart Works Greater Manchester and Salford College for making this event possible.