The mentoring session that held on June 25, 2021 is an offshoot of Inter-Bau Foundation, which was established to provide practical training for youths, especially women and girls with the aim of equipping them with both soft and technical skills needed to succeed in the construction industry. The mentoring session sees to it that participants are not only trained in various fields of construction like carpentry, masonry, painting, etc., but are also connected to real life experiences of women who have succeeded in the industry. These mentors shared with the trainees how they ventured into the construction sector, the challenges they faced being women in a male dominated industry and how they overcame these obstacles.
This report outlines the detailed information of the one-day mentoring session conducted by the Inter-Bau Foundation. The session was held at the Inter-Bau Foundation Office at 12b Lugard Avenue, Ikoyi, with twenty-one (21) attendees.
The objectives of the mentoring session are as follows:
- To encourage women and girls to get involved in the construction industry as it is not gender specific.
- To create a platform for trainees to connect with women who are thriving in the construction industry.
- To facilitate an inter-personal relationship between mentors and mentees.
The mentors had brief sessions (15 minutes each) to speak to the trainees on the topic “MY EXPERIENCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR” which was a real eye opener for the mentees. At the end of the program, the attendees had the opportunity to pick their personal mentors for further knowledge and guidance, set up a 6-month mentor-mentee platform and had some personal mentor-mentee interaction.
KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM SESSION
- Gender is not a barrier.
- There is always a new way to do things, it is in your best interest to remain abreast with innovations.
- For every job completed, ensure you get an award of completion.
- Do not expect contracts based on your gender alone, but rather on your expertise and capabilities.
- Respect deadlines.