16th Harrow Guides and Rangers learn about Women in construction

Site visit for Harrow Guides promotes careers for women in construction

Last weekend, local housebuilder Barratt London gave the 16th Harrow Guides and Rangers a tour of the development and a glimpse of what life on site might be like. The group of girls, aged between 10 and 16, attended the Eastman Village development and participated in a range of educational discussions on the career options available across the property industry, ahead of Women in Construction Week from 5th-12th March.

Manjeeta Pathak, Site Manager at Eastman Village for Barratt West London, gave the group a guided tour of the development’s newest phase, Fenton Apartments. The tour started with a talk through which the guides and rangers learned about the dangers and necessary precautionary actions that are required when on a construction site. Manjeeta then discussed the importance of diversity within the working environment, especially in construction where women only make up 14% of the trade. 

Heena Vadgama, Leader of the 16th Harrow Guides and Rangers, added: “We are grateful to Barratt London for inviting us to Eastman Village and inspiring the girls towards a possible future career in construction. We teach our guides that they have the potential to pursue any career path they chose, so it is very important to demonstrate that there are successful women, such as Manjeeta, thriving in a stereotypically male-dominated sector and it was lovely to hear her story and how she progressed. Without a doubt, there is a lot the girls have taken away from this opportunity and it was fantastic to be a part of.”

Manjeeta and her team are currently building a new community in the heart of Harrow at Eastman Village. Located on Hargrave Drive, just a nine-minute drive from Harrow Baptist Church, where the 16th Harrow Girl Guides and Rangers have their weekly unit meetings.