“Women into Construction is one of the most effective and inspirational charities that I came across during my five years as CITB Deputy Chairman. Their success record is about thirty times higher than equivalent programmes run by governments. As soon as I saw what they were doing on site at the Olympics, transforming women’s lives by giving them construction capability, I knew this was an organisation that deserved support. Levy-paying companies were constantly asking for more women trained by WiC, because of their professional standards and attitude to hard work. And the women appreciated that, often for the first time in their lives, they now had work, self-respect and true skills for life.”
The Crossrail jobs brokerage service are very pleased to be working in partnership with Women into Construction, in order to increase both the profile, and number of, women working on Crossrail, currently the largest construction project in Europe. Women into Construction provide excellent candidates for a wide variety of roles, from tunnelling through to electrical installation and engineering. We look forward to continuing to work with them as we embark on the next phase of works to fit-out stations and install route-wide operating systems.
I am pleased to be Crossrail’s champion of Women into Construction. For too long the construction industry has failed to provide the environment in which women want to work. We, at Crossrail, are determined to play our part in starting to reverse this, and want to raise the bar on approaches to improving diversity in our industry. We are pleased to be working in partnership with Women into Construction to provide opportunities both with ourselves and our contractors, for trained women looking for work-placements and jobs within the construction industry.
DSJV were aware of the great reputation that Women into Construction currently hold and were not disappointed when we started working with them. Project staff are professional, friendly and flexible making the relationship seamless. The calibre of candidates supplied are of a high standard with a quick turnaround from referral to interview supports contract targets.
Ardmore has reinforced its drive to support more women to consider careers in the construction industry, as part of the Women into Construction scheme. Cormac Byrne, Ardmore’s managing director said: “Women play a significant role in everything we do as a business, especially during the delivery of our many successful projects. “We integrate women into site project teams at all levels whether on-site or in management positions, whilst always ensuring they have the right training and skills.“
“Crossrail is doing everything it can to make construction an exciting and attractive career option for women. Thanks to partnerships with organisations like Women into Construction, Crossrail has been able to give opportunities to hundreds of women who would not have considered construction as a career. The benefits of a diverse workforce are clear, but the construction industry must continue do much more to grow its talent pool and create a workforce capable of delivering the huge pipeline of projects planned.”
“Construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel will create more than 4,000 direct jobs and, in an industry already suffering huge skills shortages, it’s imperative we continue to encourage women into engineering and construction. At Tideway, we are working towards achieving gender parity in our project team and have also set our main works contractors some challenging employment targets. We know reaching these goals will be no mean feat and we cannot achieve them without the support of organisations like Women into Construction, that help raise the profile of women in construction and infrastructure, and assist the supply chain to achieve their targets. We are delighted to continue supporting Women into Construction towards their aspiration to change the face of construction.”