Construction has firmly moved into the modern world with a recent influx of women joining affordable housebuilder and regeneration specialist Lovell.
The Birmingham-based company has welcomed female employees across a range of roles in recent months, and has also seen several current employees promoted.
Steve Davis, Regional Director of Lovell in the Midlands, comments:
“This sends an important signal to women and especially to young women at school or college who may be exploring their employment options. At Lovell, we are only interested in an employee’s ability to do the job and to work as part of our team.”
One new Lovell employee who knows that the company presents her with great opportunities is Ellena Thomas. Ellena started at Lovell in September as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor, having come straight from school. She says:
“I had done some work experience at a construction company and liked the Quantity Surveyor role the best. Having been appointed, I can safely say that my work has been even better than I expected, and the environment is supportive and enjoyable as well as challenging. I’ve been given quite a lot of responsibility straight away – it doesn’t seem to matter what age or gender I am as long as I can do the job.”
Amandeep Hundal, Marketing Co-ordinator at Lovell in the Midlands, agrees:
“I’ve never had the impression that anything matters except your ability to do your job and work as part of the team. It’s a healthy, welcoming working environment and I know I have a voice and will be heard despite only joining recently. I’ve been given a lot of responsibility very quickly because I have been able to demonstrate that I can cope with it and I’ve already met my own personal targets, such as running my own budgets, in just a few months; I had expected this to take a year or more.”
Steve Davis concludes:
“We’re pleased to have female employees across our business in just about every role. Everyone at Lovell welcomes a new member of the team and I hope this approach will continue to make the company a sought-after place to work. With so many talented women out there, it seems absurd not to give them every opportunity to demonstrate their skills. The last remaining challenge for us and the industry as a whole is to encourage more women to the trades to work on site. We have had some success and do have some female apprentices on site but I know there are talented women out there who could be brilliant bricklayers, carpenters, electricians and so on, and we need to find them.”