‘Moving On Up’ – New Initiative Addressing the Gender Skills Gap

We are proud to announce our new two-year programme ‘Moving On Up’.

This pioneering scheme will see WiC recruiting 20 new companies – on top of the dozens they already co-operate with – to provide targeted training and support. At the same time 40 women already working within construction, but still in low pay, will receive mentoring and support to progress within the industry.

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Speaking about the launch of the initiative Kath Moore MBE, Managing Director of Women into Construction, said:

“This is a programme, with no cost to companies or individuals, that will pave the way for the diversity which is key to the construction industry’s future. It comes at a time when the industry is struggling to recruit, yet falls at the first hurdle as it struggles with employing, training and promoting suitable, qualified and talented women.”

‘Moving On Up’ is funded by the Construction Industry Training Board and Trust for London. Sarah Beale, CITB’s Chief Executive, Welcomes the launch of the initiative, she said:

“CITB welcomes the opportunity to support companies in developing strategies to tackle the gender pay gap, assisting them to recruit and retain more women within the workforce, and to support their supervisors with being effective mentors/sponsors. We will also be supporting women already within construction with career progression”.

Information and recruitment material for companies and women interested in signing up to the ‘Moving On Up’ programme. Contact Ripha Begum at [email protected]or call 07481 813343.

The new programme supplements WiC’s already-impressive record of addressing the gender gap in the building industry. Since 2008 WiC has supported more than 2,000 women with advice on careers in the construction industry, 1,500 with construction related training, and over 800 into paid employment. An independent Social Return on Investment report found that for every £1 invested in the work of Women Into Construction, £6 worth of social value is generated.