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Wates site surveyor helps promote careers in construction

A picture of a woman at a computer. There are many opportunities for women and men in construction

There are many opportunities for both women and men in construction

SCS Group is well aware of the current construction skills shortage and is keen to encourage more people into construction.

Recently, our Regional Manager (London and South East) Faye Young joined up with a number of women from the industry to show how there are many opportunities for both women and men in construction – and at how we can show young people it really is a great industry to work in (read Faye’s article here).

Site surveyor joins debate

This week, Anna-Louisa Yiannakas, a Site Surveyor for SCS Group customer Wates, has joined the debate.

It follows data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which shows women make up just 12.8% of the industry’s workforce.

Anna-Louisa, who joined Wates in 2014, said: “I am a huge advocate of inspiring more women to join the industry. I think too many of my peers would overlook construction as being an industry that is just for men, when in reality the huge variety of roles makes it perfect for so many people, regardless of their gender.

“The gender gap is definitely getting better and efforts, like those of Wates, are helping to change some of the preconceptions about the industry but I hope that hearing from women like me, who work in the industry, that the pace of change will increase.”

Anna-Louisa, who is based in Wates’ Cambridge office, oversees the supply chain on a number of the contractor’s jobs in the region.

Opportunities in construction waiting to be seized

She said: “To anyone considering construction as a career choice, be them male or female, I would say if you have the drive and natural interest then a career in construction is for you. There are so many opportunities just waiting to be seized. Building a career in construction is not about being a man or a woman, it’s about the skills you have and if more females chose to bring their skills to this fantastic industry, I know from experience they would have an extremely rewarding career ahead of them.”

To read the full story visit Wates’ website by clicking here.