Construction industry policy receives immediate support

Construction industry policy receives immediate support

03 March 2020

Women Into Construction and Glanville – both established names in construction – have voiced their support for new policy aimed at significantly improving working environments for women in the industry.

The policy forms a new Code of Conduct document launched today by Barnwood Construction in response to Silverstone Park developer MEPC Ltd’s own new Women into Construction initiative.

Women Into Construction is a major player in promoting gender equality in construction across the UK, with support from industry, local councils and training organisations.

Its Founder Kath Moore MBE enthused: “Women Into Construction is fully supportive of this initiative to increase gender diversity on Barnwood’s sites.

“13.5% of roles in construction are filled by women; however the majority of these are office based positions with less than 1% of construction trade roles in the UK occupied by women. This is woeful compared to other countries in Europe and elsewhere in the world.

“We are therefore delighted that Barnwood and MEPC are pushing to make a real difference.”

Glanville is a leading name in engineering, design and surveying consultancy and is equally behind MEPC’s and Barnwood’s actions.

Director John Birch said: “With such a massive skills shortage the UK Construction industry needs to do more to encourage women into the sector to develop meaningful careers.

“This code of conduct is a hugely important step to help change attitudes and behaviours, as well as promoting respect, diversity and inclusivity.

“Glanville is committed to driving change and being a positive role model for our industry.”

Barnwood’s Code of Conduct is being launched as part of Silverstone Park’s week of activities leading up to International Women’s Day (Sun 8 March), focusing on #DataGap issues as highlighted in Caroline Criado Perez’s award-winning book Invisible Women.