Historically people have considered construction a male-dominated industry. However, more women are choosing jobs in construction and it is expected that women will make up more than a quarter of the construction industry in 2020.
How can companies encourage more women to consider a career in construction?
Encouraging women into the industry could help bridge the gap in the skills shortage. To help more women consider a career in construction, companies and sites take a few simple steps
ensure consistent rates of pay
set up site open days
provide training for progression into new roles
ensure that there are toilet facilities suitable for females on site
Schools and colleges should encourage both genders equally from a young age. Often young women leaving school aren’t informed about the different career paths the construction industry offers. In recent years colleges, apprenticeship providers and construction companies have gone into schools to encourage girls to break the stereotype.
Why is there a shortage?
The reason for the shortage of women in construction is likely because of the old-fashioned views that surround the industry. Companies are trying to eliminate steryotypes.
In addition, people just aren’t aware of all the different types of roles available in construction. As well as some of the more physical work, other roles include design, architecture and project management.
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