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Combatting Period Poverty

Published 20 December 2021 | Written by Debbie Plavinskas
CategoriesSanitary bins

This contractor believe all women should have access to sanitary products during their period however, there are many women who are experiencing period poverty and are unable to access or afford them. These women have no choice but to use rags, socks, or even newspaper to manage their menstruation, making them vulnerable to disease. This project team decided to make…

Breast Feeding Friendly Site

Published 25 October 2021 | Written by Shannon Dawe
CategoriesSuitable/accessible separate facilities

On this site they have pregnant women or mothers present, therefore they have recognised a private space was needed to pump in private to keep up their supply therefore they dedicated a private nursing room for use by the project team and visitors, with a range of appropriate facilities as a minimum standard. The facilities provided include a comfy chair,…

Self Defence for Women’s Safety

Published 4 October 2021 | Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesTraining plans

Common Sense Self Defence led an informative and action-packed session for all female staff across the project whether site based, working from home or off-site. This was implemented as the final part of the contractors 3-part plan for women’s wellbeing as their team returns to site, which has included focuses on period dignity and domestic violence prevention. The instructor began…

3 Point Plan for Women’s Welfare

Published 4 October 2021 | Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesSanitary bins

This contractor implemented a 3 Point Plan to support women’s wellbeing at work. This plan focused on domestic violence, period dignity and self-defence to create a safer environment both in and out of the workplace. This is especially poignant as domestic abuse reports significantly rose during lockdown & in 2020 it was reported that 55% of women were sexually harassed…

Gender Equality Workshop

Published 27 September 2021 | Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesConsultation Feedback

To promote sustainable employment, a Women’s Network was established to enable locally recruited women to discuss key issues such as health, gender equality and celebrate International Women’s Day. The local women’s network provides the environment to enable women to not feel alone in a male dominated industry A recent outcome has been the creation of an interactive gender equality workshop…

Wills Sisters

Published 2 August 2021 | Written by Yara Gomes
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support

Women make up around 14% of construction industry professionals and this number can only be set to rise with more and more women choosing construction jobs. Misconceptions about gender specific roles are gradually diminishing with the growing number of women choosing a career in construction. This project is promoting a toolbox talk about women in construction. The toolbox talk brings…

Promoting Women in Construction

Published 12 July 2021 | Written by Sandra Duggan
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support Signage

This project has added posters to their hoarding that celebrates twelve of the most prominent women in construction over the years from the 1500’s to the present day. They hope to have adults and children stop and take the time to read each poster and be inspired to become the next generation of construction workers.

Virtual Work Experience Supporting Women into Construction

Published 5 July 2021 | Written by Tom Oakley
CategoriesSupport for careers advice Training plans

The project team recently delivered a virtual work experience session for three women that have shown interest in Construction Health & Safety. Two women came through Women into Construction and one lady through West London College and their three week Sector Skills Academy programme. After initial support given to both stakeholder and their programmes, they were able to provide work…

Personal Safety Conversation Cards

Published 26 April 2021 | Written by Leanna Martin
CategoriesZero tolerance approach to harassment

After the tragic murder of Sarah Everard, recent campaigns, vigils, media spotlights, and focus on harassment and violence; this contractor have created a number of new safety conversation starter cards. These have been used as an aid to help open up conversations with the teams regarding personal safety, women’s safety and diversity. By having the conversations, it has made operatives…

Respect the Community – Zero Tolerance Poster

Published 17 March 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Positioning of equipment, lighting and CCTV

Contractors should be ensuring that fairness, inclusion and respect standards are upheld to the highest level on sites, whilst also operating zero-tolerance policies on any behaviour that falls outside of what should be expected of an individual representing the construction industry. Attitudes towards these standards have improved in this area, however it is clear that it is still as important…

‘Hey Girls’ Period Product Packs

Published 15 February 2021 | Written by George Vernon-Hunt
CategoriesSanitary bins Suitable/accessible separate facilities Toilets

Period dignity is essential to health and wellbeing at work. It’s only right that female team members should have menstrual protection provided in every working environment. The Hey Girls Period Dignity campaign is part and parcel of a wider campaign to assist employers, leisure and facility providers to make conditions a little more equal for women at work and play….

Promoting Women in Construction

Published 18 November 2020 | Written by Matthew Hugo
CategoriesCommunity engagement Promoting construction as a career choice

The project team wanted to actively promote more career opportunities within the construction industry to women. To do this they undertook a series of presentations on construction careers within ‘Salon Services’ in Dover where the site is situated. By partnering with them, they were given access to a female dominated environment that allowed them to explain the roles women can…

Support for Female Engineer Mentoring Scheme

Published 29 July 2020 | Written by John Cairns
CategoriesSupport for careers advice Training plans Workforce development plans

Balfour Beatty are supporting the University of Dundee’s new Civil Engineering mentoring scheme which pairs female engineers with students to support and empower their transition through University and into their chosen career. Balfour Beatty Construction Manager Leigh Clark, project team member on the Badenoch & Strathspey Community hospital in Aviemore, is part of the newly launched mentoring scheme to encourage…

Girl Dreamer Academy

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by Anne Edwards
CategoriesColleges and universities Community engagement Promoting construction as a career choice Schools and nurseries Support for careers advice

The Girl Dreamer Academy programme is an empowerment platform for women and girls of colour. Through leadership development programmes, adventure sport and digital content they aim to build confidence and unleash the potential of girls everywhere. Girl Dreamer likes to push the boundaries, test the waters and go full throttle at everything they do. From setting up the UK’s first…

Presenting the Opportunities Available to Women in Construction

Published 23 March 2020 | Written by James Morfitt
CategoriesPlan to positively promote construction Support for careers advice

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Kelly Sowden and Sophie Dick hosted a presentation at Temple Moor High School in Leeds to Year 11 students, to promote engineering roles and role for women in engineering. They discussed the different types of engineering and how John Sisk & Son aim to increase the number of women they hire into the industry. Gender…