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Unlocking career opportunities for women in construction and maintenance

Happy International Women's Day! #IWD2019

A balanced world is a better world. How can we help forge a more gender-balanced world?

Our Technical Manager, Elly Weale blogs about her ambition to see more women represented in the construction and maintenance sector.

Later this year, she'll be launching a new apprenticeship training scheme to support more people from underrepresented groups to reach their career goals.

"One thing that has become very clear during my career in the construction, repairs and maintenance sector is that it lacks diversity. There are several under-represented groups, of which one is women.

"Women make up only 1% of national construction workforce: I want to see this shift during my career and contribute to establishing a gender balance. Normalising the presence of women on-site will unlock career opportunities they may not have thought about before. This can support us to challenge gender stereotypes, and, by increasing workforce diversity, naturally new perspectives and working practices can be introduced.

"Here at our Home Repairs Service, we’re pleased to be gearing up for our next apprenticeship scheme starting in September 2019. This will give talented individuals, including those from underrepresented groups in the repairs and maintenance sector, an opportunity to gain valuable work-based experience while studying.

"So, let’s have conversations with our female relatives and friends about a career in construction - because everyone is welcome."

Elly Weale, Technical Manager

Want to know more about our new apprenticeship scheme with our Home Repairs Service? Register your interest today!