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Promoting Women in Construction

Published 18 November 2020 | Written by Matthew Hugo
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Labour

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
CategoriesCareers advice Diversity Equality Inclusion Personal development Placements Training

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
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Colleges Community liaison Diversity Equality Inclusion Residents Schools

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
CategoriesCareers advice Diversity Equality Promoting Construction campaign

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…


Brownie Group Visit

Published 3 February 2020 | Written by Jennifer Upstill
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Goodwill Residents Schools

Women in the Berkeley St Edward team at Hartland Village, Fleet, visited a local Brownie group (aged 7-10 yrs) to talk about the project and the huge variety of careers in construction. We played a game which involved busting lots of myths about the industry and made sure that they knew it wasn’t just for boys! The group have recently…


Women into Construction

Published 23 September 2019 | Written by Charlotte Ross
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice CSCS Diversity Equality Inclusion Skills card

Berkeley West Thames, West London College (WLC) and Women Into Construction (WIC) teamed up this summer to offer women an opportunity to kick start a career in construction by hosting a four week training programme at the West London Construction Academy (WLCA), located on Berkeley’s Southall Waterside development. The programme provided an insight into the vast career options available within…


Championing Back to Work Mums Scheme

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Jeremy Bayliss
CategoriesDiversity Inclusion Minority groups Recreation Working hours

We have launched a ‘Championing Back to Work Mums’ scheme with the aim of attracting more women to return to work and get involved in the industry after having children. As a company we value women in our industry and we are committed to respect, treat fairly, encourage and support women within our company. As an incentive, we have introduced…


Plastics and Packaging Actions: Creating Bird Feeders

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Attracta Mathews
CategoriesAwareness Careers advice Post-completion impact Schools

GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership recently hosted 14 girls aged 10–13 from the Women’s Tec Summer Scheme GIRLTEC Academy to raise awareness of environmental considerations in construction projects. The workshop formed part of a practical visit to the GBHP Royal Victoria Hospital site to encourage female pupils to consider future careers in construction. The visit included talks and hands on activities from…


Female PPE at the Broadway Project

Published 29 July 2019 | Written by Rachel Mills
CategoriesDiversity Inclusion Minority groups Onsite dress code PPE

After a gap in the market was discovered, our Senior Office Manager, supported by Multiplex’s Temporary Works Manager, have been working with Onsite Support and Leo to develop a dual-tone female-shaped Hi-Vis. The Broadway will be the first project for Multiplex to make this change. Ensuring details of purchasing are passed onto the supply chain, all of the women currently…


Gender Equality Video

Published 22 July 2019 | Written by Manjeeta Pathak
CategoriesDiversity Equality Inclusion Minority groups

The construction industry lacks diversity. There are various diversity issues within the industry and there have been various attempts to tackle the issue. Gender disparity has been one of the diversity issues, as the construction industry is still predominantly male dominated. Changes take time, especially attitude changes. The unconscious biases exist in the industry and the changes in construction industry…


The Madison Workforce Development Hub

Published 21 May 2019 | Written by Celeste Koen
CategoriesCultural needs Diversity Equality Inclusion Language differences Literacy training Mental health Personal development Stress

A secure iPad in the canteen has been installed for the workforce to access while on their breaks. The iPad stand is adjustable and has two positions, so the user can stand up or sit down. The stool provided at the station is made out of re-used waste materials from site. The iPad is preloaded with information on the following…


Providing ‘Period Dignity’ within the Construction Industry

Published 21 January 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEquality Open door policy Sanitary bins Separate facilities Toilets

Over the past few years, the construction industry has been trying to improve the diversity of the workforce by encouraging more women into the industry. However, as the industry is still fairly male orientated, there is still a risk that welfare facilities and toilets may not be suitable for female members of staff (for example there may not be clean/…


Giant Tetrahedron Challenge

Published 20 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Diversity Equality Schools

Construction has an infamous gender imbalance which the industry needs to redress. Working with young women can help tackle false perceptions of the industry and promote construction careers. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site supported the local council’s Women in Engineering and STEM event for secondary school aged females. The site team delivered a…


Ready, Steady, Girls Construct: On Site Skills Zone

Published 5 April 2018 | Written by Claire Anderson
CategoriesCareers advice Schools

As part of BAM Construction’s Ready, Steady, Girls Construct! Employability programme, the Blairdardie Primary School site team created an onsite skills zone to host the group. The programme, which focuses on attracting female pupils into the construction industry by providing them with industry insight, training, work experience and employability skills, was delivered over a 10 week period to a group…


Manjeeta’s Story: animated video promoting women in construction

Published 26 March 2018 | Written by Manjeeta Pathak
CategoriesCareers advice Diversity Equality Inclusion Promoting Construction campaign

Women remain vastly underrepresented in the construction industry. I started as a graduate in Redrow Homes and they have a robust plan in place to encourage and support women. Redrow decided to make an animation video where I was able to tell my story, stating a message that construction is a great place to work and many people were able…