KpH Support Women in Construction
KpH Deconstruction would like to thank Build Expo and NAWIC for hosting a very informative and enlightening Women in Construction event through London Build at Kensington Olympia yesterday. The speakers were very engaging and explained that the Construction industry is still struggling to fill vacancies for women.
One story which captured our imagination was told by Kath Moore who explained how she become a qualified Carpenter at 19 and has successfully progressed her career in this field. We were also excited to hear that she received an MBE for her services to the Construction industry this year.
KpH have had a lot of success in hiring women into key roles, such as our Deconstruction Division Manager, Health and Safety Manger, Sales and Marketing Executives and several Estimating Surveyors. But we are still struggling, as we know to be common place across the industry, to find women who are interested in taking on roles as Tool/Machine Operators, Strip Out Labourers and Site Supervisors/Managers. We have therefore been inspired to start some initiatives to support the industry and encourage women to see past the traditional stereotypes and take up an apprenticeship, or qualify for trade, which could lead into a career in the above roles.
We believe that the most effective time to inspire women to take interest in our industry is from an early age, so we will be looking for opportunities to attend school events and open days to showcase their career options and prove that modern site environments welcome, and are compatible with, all genders. We will also be looking to continue supporting Women into Construction in any way that we can.