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Closing the Gender Gap in Construction

Published On Monday 26 July 2021

Jane Keely, Director at Assent Building Control, speaks with UK Construction Online about changing perceptions in construction to help close the gender gap imbalance in the sector.

Just 1 in 8 construction workers are women, according to GMB, a rate that will take almost 200 years to balance out if left to continue. In this article, Jane Keely, Assent Director identifies ways to address the gender gap in the construction sector

Having worked in the sector for over 30 years, Keely’s experience has been on the whole welcoming and supportive.

She believes that to help close the gender gap imbalance, we need to change the perception of how the industry treats women as well as ensuring women and young people have a clear understanding of the various transferable skills they possess that makes them ideal candidates for the industry.

One of the most effective ways of reaching the next generation of both men and women is through apprenticeship programmes. An example of this is Charlotte Turner, who has been recently onboarded to Assent’s Degree Apprenticeship programme.

Charlotte is able to study her degree in Building Control alongside her apprenticeship. On completion, she will be a qualified chartered surveyor. It’s great to see this career path appealing to young women and Charlotte is keen to inspire more women to do the same.

You can read a much more detailed version on UK Construction Online. If you’d like to discuss how Assent can support your building projects in 2021, please get in touch.