Islington Council Day

Our delegates partnered with the Islington Council to tour three different sites. The first was their Joinery Workshop where we met two women working with the council in carpentry. One has completed her apprenticeship and one is a 1st year apprentice. It was interesting to learn how their apprenticeship works and share our systems of apprenticeship from back home.

Delegates at the Islington Joinery Workshop

The second site tour was at K&M Decorating, a local contractor who set up their own training center for apprentices. We toured the facility, then had a round table discussion with program graduates, tradeswomen and women who work on the business side at K &M.

TBB Delegates and Dr. Linda Clarke pose with female representatives of K&M Decorating

The third site visit was at the Kings Cross construction Sills Training Centre run by North-West London College. We toured their training facility and learned about their partnership with the borough of Islington and the developer responsible for the major Kings Cross redevelopment project.

TBB met with instructors and exchanged knowledge on apprenticeship and training

Delegates also walked toured the new construction and learned about the history of the area and the massive redevelopment project that is taking place.

Delegates view a model of the Kings Cross Development Project

The day concluded with a reception at the Islington Town Hall where we heard from elected officials, TBB Delegates and UK tradeswomen.

A group photo on the steps of the Islington Town Hall with the mayor, Community Plan 4 Holloway representatives, Islington Town Councilors, and the TBB Tradeswomen Delegation

About cklewick

Cassandra Klewicki is a Union Carpenter out of UBC local 290 and a co-founder at Tradeswomen Building Bridges. She is a graduate student at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.
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