Female recruits blaze a trail for women in construction
One of the largest privately-owned housebuilders in the UK is aiming to lead the way in attracting more women to enter the construction industry.
25/10/2017 - Careers
Bloor Homes is hoping that recent key female appointments at the company will encourage more women to consider a career in the sector.
The developer has recently taken on its first female trainee site manager and bricklaying apprentice – key milestones in what remains a male-dominated industry – and already has above average numbers of women in its HR and finance departments.
According to the Office for National Statistics, women account for just 12.8 per cent of the industry’s workforce. And a survey of 1,000 women aged 16 to 25 found that just 13 per cent would consider a career in construction.
Adrian Bloor, CEO at Bloor Homes, said: “With the construction industry facing a serious skills shortage as the demand for new homes continues to grow, it is absolutely vital that we attract more young people to join the sector.
“For far too long, housebuilding has been seen as a male-only domain, and this has severely restricted the number of women prepared to consider a career in the sector. As a result, a huge amount of potential housebuilding talent is being lost to the industry.
“At Bloor Homes, we are committed to increasing the opportunities for women to pursue a fulfilling career in construction, and we are proud to have recruited our first female trainee site manager and bricklaying apprentice this year.
“We hope these appointments will break down the barriers preventing women from currently entering the industry and inspire others to consider construction as a viable and worthwhile career option.
“In addition to our recent construction recruits, we have a number of female employees in senior positions across the company, including roles in the planning and design and technical department, all of whom are role models for women seeking to enter the industry.
“The fact that we have higher than average numbers of female employees working in our HR and finance departments, including several in senior positions, is a reflection of our commitment to equality in the workplace.”