Guinness aims to get more women into construction industry

09 March 2020

To mark International Women’s Day, we’re pleased to announce a partnership with charity Women into Construction and contractor Henry Construction to offer training and work experience across our 965-home site in Bromley-by-Bow. This is part of our ongoing advocacy for women in construction and maintenance across the housing sector, and our wider commitment to develop skills in the construction sector

bromley by bowWomen into Construction aims to encourage women and girls into the sector and focuses not just on the building trades and administration but also on professional roles in health and safety, architecture, law and quantity surveying.

The charity provides bespoke support to women wishing to work in the construction industry. They also help contractors to recruit more women, working to reduce the skills gaps and create a more gender-equal workforce.

Catriona Simons, Group Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership said: “Providing training and employment opportunities for our residents of both genders, and the wider communities we serve, is a real focus for Guinness. One in seven of our trades apprentices are currently women, and I am proud of Guinness’s continued support for women in maintenance and construction. We are committed to building a diverse workforce and a more balanced future for the sector.”

Kath Moore MBE, Managing Director of Women into Construction said: “We are delighted to be working with our new partners to encourage more women to take up training and work experience at the Imperial-by-Lea site. We hope that the knowledge they gain will allow them to go on to have successful careers in the construction industry.”

Joe Bonner, Director at Henry Construction said: “Our strength is our staff who have the knowledge, ability to problem solve, and experience to deliver large scale projects. It is our duty to pass this knowledge onto others who are willing to learn and progress in their chosen career.”

Placements will soon be available to Guinness tenants, homeowners and other women in the local area. For more information, you can contact Women into Construction at info@women-into-construction.org.