MEPC group helping to “increase diverse female representation” in construction industry

MEPC group helping to “increase diverse female representation” in construction industry

07 April 2022

Eight major businesses in construction have committed to implementing increased measures to improve gender equality and diversity in the workplace after lessons learnt during a ‘Women into Construction’ (WiC) programme by Silverstone Park developer MEPC.

Barnwood, Armac, Bowmer & Kirkland, Forkers, Gardiner & Theobald, Glanville, Ridge & Partners and Wates all participated in the 12-month programme.

Each is an MEPC-appointed main contractor and five of the eight are actively involved in the on-going industrial development at Silverstone Park.

After sharing experiences and ideas during the WiC group’s monthly on-line workshops, all are now implementing strategies aimed at improving working environments in construction and encouraging more women to consider careers in the industry.

CLICK HERE to read what each of the contractors have said about being a part of the group.

WiC was formed by MEPC in response to the UK having one of the lowest percentages of women working on constructions sites anywhere in Europe – a record that MEPC’s Roz Bird, Commercial Director at Silverstone, has called “woeful”.

Automotive 30% Club founder Julia Muir who chaired the WiC group commented: “It has been fabulous to work with Roz Bird and the members of the MEPC Women Into Construction group, using the material from my recently published book, ‘Change the Game: a Leader’s Route Map to a Winning Gender Balanced Business’, to take them on a learning journey to creating inclusive leadership and cultures.

“They have all created action plans that will lead them to increasing diverse female representation in their companies, and I am sure they will make a truly positive impact on the diversity of the construction sector as a result.”

Measures taken by the group have been wide-reaching, including:

Furthermore, last month, following a recommendation by WiC group member Armac, the National Demolition Training Group confirmed its CCDO ‘Topman’ Card is to be renamed CCDO Advanced Demolition Operative – thereby dropping the ‘men only’ reference.

Roz Bird said: “I’m proud of the work we did together, as MEPC Women into Construction, to help our key main contractors become inclusive leaders of diverse businesses.

“I look forward to seeing their businesses change, for the better, over the coming years. Everyone, who wants a career in construction, should expect a warm welcome and be given every chance to thrive as they develop their career.”

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