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New calls for women to join construction industry

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SCS Group strongly believes there are many opportunities for women in construction

SCS Group has welcomed new calls to encourage women to get involved in construction.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show just one in seven of the Welsh workforce are female.

SCS Group, which has its headquarters in Wales, as well as offices in London, Dorset, Manchester and Portsmouth, strongly believes there are many opportunities for women in construction and that we need to show everyone – including young people – that it really is a great industry to work in.

‘Only suitable for men’

The BBC reports that the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Cymru says there is still a perception construction is an industry “only suitable for men”.

It reports that CITB Partnerships Manager Donna Griffiths says with nearly 20,000 jobs set to be created in the construction sector in the next five years, there has never been a better time to get training.

She said: “There is still a perception that construction is an industry only suitable for men. We really want to dispel this myth. With over 150 different construction roles to choose from there really are roles for everyone with any interest and any background.”

The CITB has launched a campaign called ‘Can You Dig It’, aimed at inspiring people to think about a career in construction.

‘Positive experiences’

Faye Young, SCS Group’s Regional Manager (London/South), recently joined forces with a number of other women working in the construction industry to promote roles. She said: “Despite all the negative press surrounding the actual number of women in construction, I was pleasantly surprised to find that those operating in the industry, including myself, share similar positive experiences.

“I urge any young person to research the variety of careers available in the construction industry, work hard and be part of building our future.”

At SCS Group, we actively involve ourselves in client-led initiatives in schools to help share our experiences and tell young people about the opportunities available to them. We employ apprentices across all parts of our business and encourage cross-functional training to engage them in what we do and why we do it.

Read Faye’s full article here and the BBC article here.