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The HBF and WIC call for more female site managers

Women into Construction push to get more women into the industry

Last month, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and Women into Construction (WIC) joined forces to encourage women into the industry.

Their programme will offer access to childcare and training for women looking to get their foot in the door.

The collaboration will focus on increasing the number female site managers, which should open up opportunities for women across different sectors.

Employment support also includes:

  • Site visits (central locations and online)
  • A week of online insight and development sessions, including Q&As with Site Managers and employers, employability, and health and safety training
  • Two-week work placement on site
  • 1-2-1 coaching and support from Women into Construction

A number of housing developers are part of the venture, including Bellway Homes and Barratt Developments.

According to Housing Today and WIC, of the 16% of women that make up the industry, only 4% are project managers.

With the lack of talent still affecting most sectors, the enthusiasm women have to establish careers will ease pressure on the skills shortage.

Woman in Construction

Since 2015, Women into Construction has been supporting women into the construction industry. The not-for-profit organisation offer career advice and training for women who are eager to learn a trade, but face hurdles doing so.

They piloted the programme during the development of Olympic Park, back in 2011, which caught the attention of the Construction Industry Training Board. The CITB, who originally funded Women in Construction, has helped take the cause across the country.

Home Builders Federation

The Home Builders Federation represent 80% of new homes built in England and Wales. They support businesses across the country and work with government officials to guarantee housing demand and policies benefit the sector.

The HBF have strong ties with the national and regional press, and have established themselves as the leading authority in the housing industry.

Members receive a host of resources to help run they business, and a range of communications, including Housebuilder Magazine.

Tradesman Talk

What steps need to be taken to encourage more women into construction?

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Mark McPherson

Mark McPherson has an MA in Creative Writing and has been crafting content for over a decade. He writes for a range of niches, including the construction industry and insurance sector. Mark has worked internationally as a content writer and teacher.

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