Women in Engineering Day is Wednesday 23rd June and on the Lewisham Gateway Project we have been looking at how we can inspire and support young women to consider a career in construction. We have put together this case study book which showcases five very different careers from women who work on or with LGP2 to highlight the range of careers that are available, aside from the onsite roles which are often seen as male dominated.
The industry average for females is 13%*, so we recognise there is work to do. We have identified it as an area we would like to improve on throughout the lifecycle of the project, and when we employ local people, we will also look to specifically target organisations such as Women into Construction to identify relevant candidates. We recently had success through this type of engagement with Kane, our M&E contractor, hiring a local woman for a site administrator position.
Some statistics on the project include:
- 8% of the overall workforce are female
- 20% of the Balfour Beatty project team are female
- 30% of the Prater project team are female
Another supplier on the project doing good things in this area is Walker Modular, our bathroom pod supplier for the residential units. The organisation is known for having many women in their workforce. We spoke with the Development Director for Walker Modular who said the large number of women is seen across all sectors of their organisation, from sales to projects to manufacturing, and gave the example of their CAD team, which is made up of 43% women. He said that there is no specific reason for the high numbers of females, but they are just the right people for the job when they are looking to hire. We are aiming to get this message out to any females who are interested in getting involved in construction to remove the stigma surrounding the gender split within the industry.
*Statistic taken from 2020 data from research report by D. Clark (2020)