Although the number of women working in construction is on the rise, females still only make up around 14% of the work force*. That’s why we’re proud to announce our partnership with Women Into Construction, an organisation striving to promote gender equality in the industry. As a Platinum partner, we’ll help Women Into Construction to support women wishing to work in the sector.
Women Into Construction provides a range of services for individuals, as well as businesses, education providers and local authorities. Its support includes mentor schemes, employment programmes and a Women Into Construction project manager can even be seconded to an organisation to help embed best practice.
By working with partners such as ROCKWOOL, Women Into Construction can deliver these services, helping to reduce skills gaps and create a more gender-equal work force.
Our partnership with Women Into Construction was spearheaded by Tara Wilson, Regional Sales Manager – South at ROCKWOOL. Commenting on the partnership, she said: “While things are definitely moving in the right direction and the perception of the industry is much better than it was, we’re still on a journey. Organisations like Women Into Construction, with the support of businesses like ROCKWOOL, are leading the charge, empowering women to develop careers in this dynamic industry.”
As well as backing organisations like Women Into Construction, ROCKWOOL is working hard to achieve greater equality closer to home.
In 2020, women made up over 18% of our organisation and we’re continuing to encourage greater diversity in departments that traditionally have a gender bias (towards either gender) by reviewing our recruitment processes and understanding any barriers such as career development, internal moves, working environment and flexible work policies.
We’re also pleased to have achieved a further improvement in gender pay gap results for April 2020. Our results have consistently been lower than the national average and we have seen the mean pay gap reduce by 7.35% and the median pay gap reduce by 3.73%, compared to 2017.
Tara added: “This is my seventh year with the business and I’ve moved through three sales roles, each time taking a step up in responsibility and now leading my own commercial team within structural sales. ROCKWOOL has a positive culture that celebrates diversity and inclusivity, recognising that each employee has unique capabilities. It’s always the right person for the role, regardless of gender.”
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