Women In Construction
#YESSHECAN IS BASED IN NOTTINGHAM OFFERING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION TRAINING, BRAND AWARENESS CONSULTANCY AND COACHING TO BUSINESSES ACROSS THE UK.
Women make up just 13% of the construction industry within the UK.
Sadly, stereotypes are still very present in this line of work, with the most common idea being that women are ‘weaker’ than men and so would not suit a job role within this industry.
Construction officially has the worst gender pay gap of any UK industry with a 62% difference in pay between men and women.
68% of managers in the construction sector believe it has an ongoing struggle with a lack of gender diversity.
22% of the construction workforce are aged 50 and over, with 15% in their 60s.
This is all the more concerning when one-fifth of all construction vacancies remain unfilled due to employers being unable to find workers with the relevant skills, experience and qualifications.
CITB data shows that the appeal of a career within the construction industry among young people is low, scoring 4.2 out of 10 among 14 to 19 year olds.
#YesSheCan has supported a number of British & European based construction organisations in their drive for Diversity.
From collaborations of quarterly Masterclasses designed to empower and upskill to increasing awareness of job opportunities, #YesSheCan has supported from an external awareness perspective as well as an internal training and development focus.
BE PART OF CHANGE
At #YesSheCan, we are optimistic this can change. However, change can only happen when leaders from the top make a visible and long-lasting shift internally. This can include looking at the way education is carried out in STEM related subjects, taking away stigmas of different areas of work and, exploring job roles that differ from the ‘traditional’ ones in a particular field (e.g. Construction doesn’t mean you have to go and work on a construction site) since there are so many new and different roles opening up all the time.