Severfield, the UK’s market-leading structural steel company, is delighted to announce that it has joined forces with Women Into Construction, to help support women seeking employment within the construction industry.
The number of women working in the construction sector today is incredibly low, in particular on construction sites where only 1% of workers are female, whilst across the wider industry it is slightly higher at 11%.
Women Into Construction is an independent not-for-profit organisation that promotes gender equality in construction. They provide bespoke support and training for women wishing to work in the industry, as well as assisting contractors such as Severfield, to recruit highly motivated and skilled women, creating more gender diversity within the workforce.
As leaders in structural steel, Severfield has worked on many iconic structures such as The Shard, the 2012 London Olympic Stadium, the Emirates Stadium, Wimbledon Centre Court and more recently the Anfield Main Stand expansion for Liverpool Football Club. This partnership will have a significant impact on creating more gender equality within the business, particularly in engineering roles.
Commenting on the partnership, Sian Evans, Group HR Director at Severfield said, “We are delighted to be joining forces with Women Into Construction. It is really important that we recognise the business benefits that diversity can bring and remove the barriers that women perceive exist to entering our industry. Our partnership with Women Into Construction will enable us to offer work experience in structural steel to women starting out in their careers, as well as to those returning to paid work.”
Kath Moore, Managing Director of Women Into Construction added: “We are thrilled to be working with Severfield as the UK’s leading structural steel company and believe this partnership will create many exciting opportunities for the women we are working to support. We know that the construction industry is male dominated and it is our mission to change the face of construction by building strong connections with businesses such as Severfield, to help create the much-needed opportunities for a more gender-diverse workforce.”