Guinness electrician Helen Colwill gives evidence to Parliament
08 July 2019
Last week one of Guinness’s Tradeswoman Ambassadors Helen Colwill, and Alistair Smyth, presented evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Built Environment’s inquiry into getting more women into maintenance roles.
Guinness and L&Q were the only housing associations to give evidence as we have been championing the issue for some time and the Parliamentary Group wanted to hear about measures we were taking.
Responding to questions about how to attract more women into maintenance, Helen talked about her work as a Tradeswoman Ambassador and explained that in her view role models and mentors were hugely important. She suggested that getting the message across to girls in schools that they can work in the trades professions is vital. Finally, she underlined the importance of Guinness being a supportive employer that has encouraged her on her journey.
Alistair explained about Guinness’s ambition to recruit more women into our trades workforce. He highlighted our Kickstart training programmes which allow woman to learn more about working in the trades professions, and our upcoming two-day ‘Advocates for Women in Manual Trades’ event, where we are partnering up with other housing associations and maintenance organisations, to see how organisations can support more women to get into manual trades across the country.
The inquiry’s report will be launched in the autumn. The commissioners at the hearing were Eddie Hughes MP, Amanda Clack (Executive Director and Head of Strategic Advisory, CBRE), Tony Burton, Senior Partner at Gardiner & Theobald LLP, and Graham Watts (Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Council).