Role Models Wanted

26/09/2017

Women in Construction

The construction industry’s low participation rate of women needs to change and construction companies should ‘shout about the opportunities available to women’ as they are key influencers.The construction industry must attract and encourage women into the industry to see a long-term future and to meet planned projects, as a shortage of skills will most definitely hinder progress.  Currently only 10% of workers in the construction industry are female and only 2% of manual workers are women, according to the CITB.

Girls need role models – the industry must promote female roles within the industry and highlight the positive career paths, so that more women can become part of a global industry. One of the main factors quoted for women not entering the profession is the lack of female role models and mentors. The construction industry is one of the UK’s leading employers, and whilst women are increasing their numbers in the workforce, they remain concentrated in certain occupational sectors.

‘Girls do not do that’ – is no longer the case, technology and innovation have changed the face of the construction industry but the construction industry in the UK has a problem with ‘image’ making it not so attractive to women, the UK also has a problem with the recruitment of female engineers, and does in fact have the lowest proportion of female engineers in Europe - just 9% compared to Sweden’s 25% or Germany’s 15%.  When it comes to the recruitment of female workers in Europe in the construction industry – Scandinavia leads the way, particularly Sweden, which has a very good construction industry.

NAWIC is an international organisation of women working in the construction industry. Their members include architects, lawyers, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers and others working both directly in the industry and providing services to the industry. They organise events such as site visits, legal seminars, workshops and industry related events where their members have the opportunity of meeting and forming relationships with other professionals working within the industry, if you’re not already a member it may be worth visiting their site to learn more https://www.nawic.co.uk/

If you are a female working in construction and would like to share your experience to encourage more women to join the industry please contact claire.doherty@potensis.com to discuss how we can share your story.

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