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Local housing developer wants to get more women into construction in Woolwich

Housing developer Lovell – which this summer began building the first of 1,500 new homes in Woolwich – is holding a special event encouraging women in the area to consider a career in construction.

They are being invited to a free careers advice seminar at the company’s construction site in Woolwich New Road, Woolwich SE18 6AF on Wednesday, 19 October. It begins at 5pm with a tour of the company’s Woolwich site, where it is working on a major estate redevelopment in partnership with Royal Borough of Greenwich and asra Housing Group. There will also be a presentation and the chance to meet women already working for Lovell and hear about their experiences of working in the industry.

“Construction offers fantastic opportunities for women,” says Lovell regional training advisor Sophia Bruce.  “At our Woolwich seminar you can find out more, with the chance to get a first-hand look at a construction site and discover the sheer variety range of jobs available in the industry by talking to women already working in it and enjoying successful careers.

“There are lots of preconceptions we hope to challenge. It’s important to realise that construction is not just about manual trades; there are also rewarding jobs for planners and designers, project managers, quantity surveyors and estimators, legal teams and sales and marketing professionals.

“In Woolwich, we have will have opportunities across a number of job areas as well as creating a significant number of apprenticeships and work experience opportunities through the regeneration programme.”

The careers advice event is part of Lovell’s ongoing campaign to encourage more women – who are under-represented in the industry as a whole, making up just 11 per cent of the national construction workforce – into construction. “Redressing the balance and making the most of the talent that’s out there has never been more important, especially with over 230,000 new construction jobs set to be created in the UK over the next five years,” says Lovell’s Sophia Bruce. “At Lovell, we have women involved right across the business, planning and building new homes in communities.”

To reserve your free place at the careers advice seminar, please register by emailing bizdev.london@lovell.co.uk or call 020 8731 3805.

Lovell began work this summer on the new Trinity Walk development which will create 684 new homes in Woolwich. They are the first to take shape through a 1,500-home regeneration programme which will see 1,064 homes at three local estates demolished and replaced.