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Encouraging more women into construction

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Meg Munn MP recently hosted an event in Westminster to discuss how to get more women into professions and trades associated with the construction sector. The event, which was sponsored and organised by the CITB and Skills for Stem, followed on from the publication of “building the future: women in construction”.

Attendees included representatives from building companies, architects, surveyors, trades women and the Construction Youth Trust. Introductory speeches were from Judy Lowe of the CITB on the importance of fairness and respect at work particularly in retaining women in the industry, and Simon Carr of Henry Boot Construction who talked about the business case for diversity.

The attendees then discussed ideas in small groups for both attracting and retaining women in the industry. A wide range of ideas were generated including the importance of more flexible approaches to working. Also a greater focus on outcomes and achievements rather than long hours, outreach into schools and colleges, and using women in construction and related jobs as positive role models.

At the end of the event Meg encouraged all attendees to take away ideas from the event into their work places. She said that many other professions had faced similar problems but with the pressures in a growing area of economy, and many current professionals due to retire, there was a great opportunity to make significant change.

Meg said:

"I was delighted to have been part of this event. There is clearly a determination to make positive changes encouraging more women to look at these careers.

With the support of the CITB and other leading employers I am confident we will start to see changes. We plan to hold another event in about 6 months’ time to assess progress."

building the future: women in construction” was edited by Meg and published by the Smith Institute and is available to read here:

http://www.smith-institute.org.uk/file/Building%20the%20future%20-%20women%20in%20construction.pdf

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