Celebrating our women in construction

19 July 2022

Our Women in Construction (WiC) programme in 2021 was a huge success for Helen Matykiewicz-Chang who has recently been successful in securing full-time employment with us.

The five-week programme included two weeks’ work experience here at Guinness and Helen went on to apply for and secure a newly created Assistant Clerk of Works role within our Construction team in Development. 

A career change 

Helen was previously a technical designer for bespoke furniture companies but during the pandemic, she was made redundant. She saw it as a good opportunity to change career and continue her professional development, so when she heard about the WiC programme through the jobcentre, she relished the opportunity.  

During Helen’s two-week placement with us, she was introduced to the construction industry and had exposure to a wide variety of roles. After the WiC programme, we offered Helen additional days to shadow the Clerk of Works as she had a keen interest in the role.  

The Clerk of Works carries out inspections that pay attention to the detail and quality of the materials used in a building project as well as the workmanship, to ensure compliance with current Building Regulations, drawings, and specifications. As part of her training, Helen will be shadowing the other Clerk of Works in London and the South on various sites and different stages of construction.  

Growing personally and professionally 

Helen said: “WiC and Guinness introduced me to the construction industry. Everyone I met during my work experience was lovely, welcoming and gave as much insight and knowledge as they could. The practical on-site work experience was the most exciting thing for me.  

Guinness goes the extra mile for customers and strives for a good work-life balance for their employees, and they’re willing to help me grow personally and professionally to progress my career.

Our ongoing advocacy for women in construction and maintenance across the housing sector is a hugely important part of what we do and we were recently awarded Highly Commended in the ‘Commitment to Inclusion Award’ at the Women into Construction Awards. Helen’s successful progression is definite proof of that! 

Find out more 

A new pre-employment programme for WiC will be launching in Bristol in September, so keep an eye on the WiC website for more information and registration opportunities. 

If you’d like to find out more about the programme, visit Women into Construction.