With thousands of new homes to be built each year, not to mention future commercial projects, construction industry leaders know they must attract as many people as possible.
Women in construction are not an alien concept. There are around 300,000 women in the UK working in construction. This makes up around 2% of the UK female workforce.
Women working in construction is on the increase. 37% of new entrants into the industry that came from higher education are women. Isn’t construction just for boys? Women make up around 14% of construction industry professionals and this number can only be set to rise with more and more women choosing construction jobs.
Two such women are Sarah Driscoll and Sara Murphy who work at Alltec Construction based in Glenrothes. Both have recently completed Modern Apprenticeships in Construction Site Supervision SCQF L7 qualifications with RT Resources.
Sarah went straight into an apprenticeship to become an Electrician after leaving school. She has been working as a fully qualified electrician for 8 years.
“I decided to complete this qualification for my own continued professional development. This course will help me be able to move into more management roles rather than on the tools which is where I want to progress to in my career. The course itself is not overly challenging and George is great to help you through the questions. Finding time is difficult to me but it’s easier to do little bits at a time to get through it. George was able to provide me with support, by early meetings at my head office and additional phone calls when on site, we agreed a plan for research and my development and existing skills.”Sarah Driscoll, Alltec Construction
She went on to add,
“Coming from working on construction sites as a trade it is interesting to find out more of what is involved behind the scenes and learn their responsibilities in a supervisory role. I think the qualification has helped me to look more in detail to certain aspects of the sites such as health and safety, organisation and planning and why this is important to run an efficient site, I now try to put these aspects into practice. The course has been a great way to study and further my qualifications and career by being able to fit it around my work and life.”
Sara worked as an Administration Assistant and was keen to learn more about construction works. She attended college evening classes, achieving a HNC in Construction Management. She then wanted to gain further experience on site and progressed into an Assistant Management role. Sara wanted to gain the relevant skills and experience required for a construction supervisor role whilst still working. This would also allow her to apply for a relevant CSCS card required for construction sites. She said,
“The most challenging parts were finding time for personal study and having limited access to construction sites due to covid. To overcome these issues, regular phone calls were arranged with my assessor at the same time every week to fit around my workday, where visits weren’t possible. For when I couldn’t get to site, I attended project pre-start and progress meetings over Teams. The most interesting part of the qualification was researching and using personal statements to produce evidence for units. The qualification has given me a better understanding of how sites operate safely and efficiently and has built on my problem-solving skills which will be beneficial in my role.”Sara Murphy, Alltec Construction
The Construction Site Supervision qualification covers areas such as developing and maintaining good working relationships, planning work activities and resources to meet project requirements, maintaining the dimensional accuracy of the work and supervising activities to traditional and heritage buildings and structures.
Both women are hoping to progress their careers within the Construction Sector and would like to complete the SVQ L10 Construction Site Management once they are in the relevant job roles.
We would like to congratulate them on their hard work, achieving their qualification, and proving that jobs in Construction aren’t just for the boys!