We were delighted to receive an award at Women into Construction’s 10th anniversary celebration event.
The award was for supporting Women Into Construction over the past three years. The award citation reads: “Your excellent contribution has directly resulted in increased participation of women in the construction industry”.
Over 250 people attended the event on 3 October 2018. It celebrated 10 years of working with contractors, clients and partners to increase gender diversity in the industry. Since its inception, the not-for-profit organisation has supported more than 2,000 women with advice on careers in the construction industry. 1,500 women have benefited from construction-related training, and 750 have been supported into paid employment. An independent social return on investment study found that every £1 invested in the work of Women Into Construction generates £6 worth of social value.
Speakers included representatives from Crossrail, HS2, Tideway and Sarah Beale, CEO of CITB, which supports Women into Construction. Sarah pointed out how important it is that the industry creates an environment which encourages women to consider construction as a career, and helps those in the industry to stay. Catherine West MP spoke about the legacy of the work so far, and the impact this has on women’s lives. Women into Construction has enabled them to develop their careers and improve their own lives, as well as those of their families.
Three women spoke about their own experiences. Two of them had demonstrated their worth on work placements arranged by Women into Construction, which led to full employment.
As well as VGC’s award for supporting Women into Construction, awards were presented to:
- Bouygues – most engaged contractor in the west Midlands
- Dragados – most engaged contractor in London
- Midgard – most engaged new contractor in London
- Jessup Brothers – most engaged contractor in the west Midlands
- Tideway – most engaged client
Women who had gained work-placements and employment, and contractors who had worked with the organisation were recognised, and Maria Cobos and Catherine Waymouth received personal awards.
Read more about VGC’s corporate social responsibility activities.