Encouraging and Supporting Women into the Construction Industry

The industry needs to be promoted in a positive light to encourage women to consider a career in construction.

The construction industry is currently made up of a predominately male workforce.

A greater effort needs to be made to encourage women into the industry, to help build a more diverse skill set for the future.

Below are examples of how sites can achieve this:

  • In partnership with the client and BEST build, the site supported a local ‘women in construction’ campaign;
  • During this campaign, an unemployed single mother gained site experience and a CSCS card;
  • Support was provided for her circumstances, including cooperation on flexible working hours and child care, training and the ultimate goal was permanent employment within the industry, for the individual concerned;
  • The local publicity of women in construction and the placement, encouraged other women in similar circumstances to express an interest in a potential career within the industry.

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Monitor Report, Robert Woodhead Ltd, Nottinghamshire, February 2015

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