Women in Construction
Did you know that women currently represent only 11% of the construction workforce in the UK? Councils, Central Governments and companies within the industry are attempting to encourage women to develop a career in construction.
The North West Women in Construction Network
Whether you are looking for local networking events, personal development training, or a place to find and meet women working in your industry – you can do it here! Free to register, you can look up old colleagues and friends, or join any of the existing network groups online to chat and share issues and experiences. (http://www.wicnet.org.uk/index.html)
To make sure that 2% of women that do work in construction is appreciated; an award ceremony takes place every year in March. 2015 will be the award shows 9th year for showcasing for the brightest and the best female achievers in the house building and wider construction industries.
Current Projects with Women on Site
Project: St Hilda’s School, Liverpool.
Client: Liverpool City Council.
Main contractor: Morgan Sindall.
Start date: February 2014.
Completion date: April 2016
Karen Fairhurst has just started her first job as project manager on the edge of Liverpool’s Sefton Park.
Karen is leading her women based team. They are responsible to deal with the task of constructing the complete replacement of an existing school building, on a 2756 square metre footprint. To make matters more difficult; the site is surrounded by the current institution, a busy road, a tower block, preserved trees and a residential property that is listed Grade II.
Sharon Moss has been appointed by Morgan Sindall on the scheme as the Managing Surveyor, with Rachel Brown as the Senior M&E Manager, Jane King as Sustainability Manager and Alison Pernavas as Community Engagement Manager.
“It’s been really nice for the girls at St Hilda’s to see females in a male-dominated environment,” Ms Fairhurst says.
“We’re doing quite a bit of work with them and hopefully, even if it’s not construction they want to go into; they might think more about other roles that they had previously considered male roles.”
“We’ve got a reporters group from the school coming to interview me about how I got into it. It’s really good. No one came to me when I was at school to ask if I wanted to work on a construction site.”
Ms Fairhurst says she has received nothing but support on her way through the ranks and that the experience she learnt in her early days on sites has stood her in good stead.
“I loved it,” she says of her first few projects. “I loved making something; meeting so many different peopleBack to News View Our Courses