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Ardmore: Supporting women into construction

Wed 18th Jul 2018

Ardmore has reinforced its drive to support more women to consider careers in the construction industry, as part of CITB ConstructionSkills’ Women into Construction scheme.

The CITB scheme, which launched its project Evaluation Report last week at an event attended by MP Meg Munn and Minister for Employment Esther McVey, aims to address the specific barriers that prevent women from entering the construction industry and help create a more gender-balanced workforce.

Over the last 3 years, Ardmore’s employment and skills manager Eillish Kwai, a panel member at the launch, has led the drive to ensure women are well represented at all levels within Ardmore.

The success of Ardmore’s drive is already being recognised, with it receiving a CITB ‘special commendation’ award for creating 20 new jobs and 23 work placements for women in the past 12 months – across management, health and safety, and on-site skilled trades.

Ardmore’s holistic approach to supporting women into construction begins with educating women on the opportunities available to them through our career presentations and guidance for students and work trials for women to experience the construction industry first hand.

Whether construction veterans or completely inexperienced, candidates are supported at every step of their journey, and can be trained quickly through traditional apprenticeship routes.

Last year Ardmore created five new apprentice roles for women; an approach that has seen Ardmore commended by Considerate Constructors Scheme for its female employee numbers, at both management and trade levels.

Cormac Byrne, Ardmore’s managing director said:

 

“Women play a significant role in everything we do as a business, especially during the delivery of our many successful projects.

We integrate women into site project teams at all levels whether on-site or in management positions, whilst always ensuring they have the right training and skills.“