Women in construction

 

Women In Construction

Well over 100 people attended our Women in Construction networking event at Leicester Tigers.

We were very proud to host this event, which focussed on celebrating the success of female workers already in construction, and raised awareness of the many opportunities in our industry for women who are currently thinking about their careers and their future.

Unfortunately there has always been a very wide gap between the number of males and females within the industry, and this is something which we feel very strongly about. We wanted to lead the way in raising the profile of women in our industry, getting more women involved in construction and of course, celebrating them.

Our guest speakers, Natalie Clemson from Pick Everard, Michelle Cotterill from Willmott Dixon and Janet Campbell from Coventry University presented wonderfully inspiring speeches and many of our guests commented after the event on just how motivated and enthused they felt. Perfect!

The event was absolutely packed (we even had to change the venue a few weeks before, to accommodate everyone!), with women from consultancies, contractors, local authorities, government organisations and every sector of the industry imaginable. Many had travelled considerable distances to be there, and we are so grateful for the heartfelt support from everyone. It was a huge success and we are already planning how to make it bigger and better for next year.

Danielle Elliot, event organiser at Nicholls Colton Group said:

“I am so proud to have been part of todays event. Nicholls Colton Group are striving for equal opportunities for all, not only in our own business but in the industry as a whole. Currently our business has 28% female employees, way above the national average (14%). Nonetheless, we are looking to improve this figure further by 2022.  I hope that events like today inspire other women to have a passion for a career in construction. Personally, I would like to thank our guest speakers from Coventry University, Willmott Dixon, Pick Everard and also Alison Beddow for their time and effort in putting this event together.  Today was a great success and I hope it contributes to changing the way this industry thinks.”