#BreaktheBias: International Women’s Day 2022

1 January 1

To mark International Women’s Day 2022, we spoke to two members of our sales team to find out their journeys into construction and what they’re doing to challenge perceptions of the sector.

Emma Jenkins, Inside Sales, ROCKWOOL UK

Emma Jenkins, Inside Sales, ROCKWOOL UK

“I came to be a part of the industry almost by chance,” said Rebecca Gallagher

Area Sales Manager – Scotland & North East. “I’d not long left university and wasn’t sure which career path I wanted to take. Then, a recruitment company set me up with an interview at ROCKWOOL and almost four years later it was the best decision I have made.

Rebecca added: “Although there’s an obvious perception that construction is predominantly a male industry, I feel strongly about changing this stigma. There is no reason as to why women can’t be in the same positions in this industry as men.”

Rebecca Gallagher - Women Into Construction - #Breakthebias campaign

Photo credits : Rebecca Gallagher

Colleague Emma Jenkins, Inside Sales Manager, agrees: “Women have all the skills required to work in the construction industry, the technical know-how, planning and negotiating.”

Despite the positive experiences of Emma and Rebecca, women only make up 14 percent of the construction workforce, meaning there’s much more to be done to attract females into the industry.

To help #breakthebias, the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, both Emma and Rebecca feel it’s important to continually raise the profile of the industry and its opportunities for women.

“I always promote the industry to women whenever I speak publicly,” said Rebecca. “Because I really do feel it is a good industry to be in as a woman. Coming into it at a young age with no prior construction experience, I didn’t know what to expect – but it really is such a varied, exciting sector to be part of.”

Emma added on what she feels is an ‘ever-changing’ industry: “I spread the word on why this industry is for everyone whenever I have the chance. We have to challenge old-fashioned stereotypes.”

ROCKWOOL became a platinum partner last year and I hope to get more involved, alongside other women in our business, to encourage others to consider a career in construction.

Emma Jenkins

ROCKWOOL UK
Inside Sales Manager
Emma Jenkins - Women Into Construction - #Breakthebias campaign

Photo credits : Emma Jenkins

A further way that Emma and other ROCKWOOL colleagues are supporting the change is through the manufacturer’s partnership with Women into Construction.

“ROCKWOOL became a platinum partner last year and I hope to get more involved, alongside other women in our business, to encourage others to consider a career in construction,” said Emma.

 

Find out more about Women in Construction’s partnership with ROCKWOOL here, or if you’re interested in a career with ROCKWOOL, check out the latest opportunities.

 

About International Women’s Day

International Women's Day (8th March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.

Learn more about #IWD2022 by visiting the International Women’s Day website.