New Site Management Scheme Designed for Women

Whilst the industry is growing at a rapid pace, in most of the UK’s Housebuilders women still only amount to 16%, creating a large gender imbalance across the construction workforce.

The non-for-profit organisation Women in Construction and The Home Builders Federation are working alongside developers such as Cala Homes, Bellway Homes, Hill Group, Persimmon Homes, Redrow, Barratt Developments and many more to address this issue and join the scheme, encouraging more women to get involved in site management opportunities.

A nationwide employment scheme that offers an insight to live building sites including a two-week on-site placement and visits to central locations across England, providing the skills and training needed to be successful..

To make the project more accessible, the programme will be fully funded and offer childcare support whilst assisting in training costs.

A step in the right direction to improve gender equality in construction.

Jacqui Wordsworth, Women into Construction’s business development director, said: “With women representing just 4% of site managers, we want to inspire and encourage more women to take up a career in home building – helping us and our employer partners to change the face of construction.”

Jenny Herdman, HBF’s Home Building Skills Partnership director, commented: “The home building industry is facing a significant skills shortage. If we are to build the new housing this country desperately needs, it is vital that we attract a broad range of entrants into the industry.

HBF is delighted to be working with Women into Construction to increase the number of female site managers in the industry and show that there are opportunities for people of all backgrounds and talents to develop a rewarding career in home building.”