Construction Industry Urged To Encourage More Women Workers
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Construction Industry Urged To Encourage More Women Workers

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A new report has been released which shows that construction companies need to more to attract women to their workforce, as the industry still has a reputation for being sexist. A survey of 1,500 employers found that three out of four believed perceptions of a sexist culture were a major reason why women were under-represented.

More Women Needed In The Industry

The study by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) – released to coincide with International Women's Day back in March showed that the main reasons were a lack of female role models as well as poor awareness of the types of jobs on offer.

Gillian Econopouly, Head Of Research At The CITB, says: “The industry is on course for a major comeback, but we need a dynamic and diverse workforce to help deliver it. This poll shows that construction employers realise we are still a long way from overcoming the perceptions of sexism in our sector, which potentially keep women away.

To attract the best skills and talent from all parts of society, we are challenging industry to make women and people from all backgrounds feel welcome and valued.”

Research by CITB showed that among young people there is a deep rooted belief that the industry is male dominated and doesn’t pay well, which is putting them off from considering it as an option. However this problem is being addressed, with events being set up where the public can visit a construction site to gain an insight into the construction industry, and potential career opportunities in the building trade.

One woman who has decided to go into the industry is Kat Simpson, who is now working as a trainee site manager. She believes that women are thriving in the trade, she says: “The construction industry is so diverse. You can be working on a housing project one minute, and the next minute you can be working on a multi-million pound sky scraper. Women are thriving. They're successful. And they need to start thinking about this as a career.”

With these positive signs it’s hoped that the industry will become more diverse over the coming years and result in many women looking at how they can make their mark on the building of Britain. With good progress being made in the industry so far during 2015, there will be plenty of businesses looking to hire new employees.

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