Lovell is continuing its partnership with membership organisation Women into Construction (WIC) as part of the company’s campaign to get more women into the industry.
The company’s Gold membership of WIC – which provides the construction industry with job-ready female recruits – forms part of Lovell’s ongoing drive to increase the number of women working within the company and the sector as a whole.
Women currently make up more than a quarter of Lovell’s 993 employees in England, Scotland and Wales. Although that figure – 28.2 per cent - is more than double the industry average, the company continues to push for more gender equality.
“Our membership of Women into Construction gives us access to a high-quality pool of skilled and experienced recruits as well as to advice and training to help us continue to successfully recruit and retain women,” Lovell managing director Steve Coleby. “We are also able to offer placements to WIC candidates providing them with industry experience.
“With women making up more than 28 per cent of our workforce, we’re already doing much better than the industry average in terms of employing female workers but are conscious that there’s more to be done, particularly when it comes to getting more women into trade roles and senior management positions.
“It’s essential that we do more to recruit and develop our female employees as well as continue to break down the barriers which may be preventing girls and young women from considering construction as a career option in the first place.”
Women into Construction managing director Kath Moore comments: “Women into Construction are delighted to welcome Lovell as 2018 Gold members. We have been working in partnership with Lovell for several years, during which they have actively engaged with us to increase female representation within their work-force. It's a pleasure to welcome a company with such a positive attitude towards increasing gender diversity."
Measures by Lovell to encourage more girls and women to consider construction careers include events in schools and universities, including the use of female Construction Ambassadors to help inspire others into the industry. The company also holds careers advice seminars where women can find out more about the opportunities on offer and speak to female members of the Lovell team about their experiences.