When you picture a construction site do you visualise a male or female dominated workforce? How about the transport industry? Or the energy sector? Many of us have our own biases when it comes to the construction, energy and transport workforce as a result of adverts, films and day to day encounters that have influenced the way we view these sectors. Changing our own biases is the first step to creating an inclusive environment where women can not only progress but thrive.
47% of the UK workforce is made up of women yet in the construction, energy and transport industry women remain underrepresented. Women account for only 20% of the transport sector (Women in Transport), 12.8% of the construction workforce (Women in Construction) and 22% of the traditional energy sector (IEA). From the recruitment process through to retirement many companies are struggling to attract, retain and develop women's careers. But why?
International Women's Day (March 8) is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. Our passion comes from a deep-seated belief that EDI benefits not only individuals, but organisations, sectors and society as a whole. Changing attitudes in the workplace can be a catalyst to how we interact with our colleagues in and outside the office or other environments.
This year to celebrate International Women's Day we are hosting a FREE one hour webinar with The Equal Group consultant Charlotte Lombardi-Whitehouse and our expert panel to discuss;
- What is the difference between equity and equality?
- What does equity look like in the construction, energy and transport sectors?
- What are the barriers faced by women in these industries? How can we begin to remove those barriers
- Experiences of being a women in the construction, energy and transport sector; including positives, negatives, assumptions and consequences of bias
- Driving change; what can women, men as allies and organisations do to better support women in these sectors?
The Equal Group’s expert EDI Consultants regularly advise forward-thinking organisations on how they can improve their EDI performance.