Displaying loader icon image
Displaying masthead oval background image

Courses for unemployed/inexperienced vulnerable women who wish to consider working in the construction industry manual trades, with an emphasis on interior decoration.

Opportunities with Experience CIC - woman working in high-vis jacket Displaying curved border tall mask image
Opportunities with Experience CIC - four women in high-vis jackets holding certificate Displaying curved border mask image
Brook Trust Fund for Kent
Amount Awarded
Date Awarded
September 2021
Support a similar project
Displaying curved border image

About the project

Opportunities with Experience CIC in Gravesham focus on tackling challenges in the construction industry, such as the skill shortages and looking at ways to diversify the workforce. They exist to tackle low attainment of young women, including mums with educational disadvantage who wish to consider working in the construction industry manual trades, with an emphasis on interior decoration.

Funding allowed them to offer courses to unemployed/inexperienced vulnerable women living in social housing and receiving benefits to help them gain life skills, find employment, and enable them to improve their living conditions.

During the course, the women learn the practical task of washing down, sanding, prepping, filling, painting and tiling. They completed the health and safety awareness qualification to receive a CSCS green card. The women completed work experience at Walk Tall, had the opportunity to talk to employers and were presented with a certificate of achievement.

The project had a direct impact on their self-confidence and helped them develop an aspiration for the future. 

Feedback from beneficiaries

One learner said she had therapy but felt that doing the painting was better than any therapy ever had, another said she hated her house, it was full of holes in the walls but once she was taught how to remove wall plugs, fill and sand hole and paint she was 'buzzing' and came in next day with broader shoulders and some pride.

“I feel like I've achieved so much, I've always suffered with anxiety and I suppose just felt 'written off'. I've always had an interest in interior design and had a thought I’d love to have a go, however I was always told was told by parents this was a man’s role and not for me. Now I've completed the course, passed and got the card - it’s amazing. It’s been really empowering. I've even been told by a few other women its inspirational what I've achieved and they would like to do it. Currently I am looking for work, interior design/painting and decorating apprenticeships or something like that, it’s changed me and it feels great!” Learner

“We Love the community project. I think it is very useful for the ladies and much needed! Great for the community, the sort of community project where everybody wins.” Ann Duke, CEO, Walk Tall 

MASSIVE 'thank you ' to everyone at Kent Community Foundation. Your funding support is HUGELY appreciated and has enabled us to get into the heart of local communities with REAL, affordable, healthy and tasty food that does so much more than feed people.

Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

Tom, MMK Mind