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December 2018

Women at the top – how we can inspire more women managers to join the construction industry

how we can inspire more women managers to join the construction industry

Construction has always had a reputation for being a male-dominated industry, and as we approach the end of 2018, according to statistics, it still is, with only 44,444 women working in the sector compared to 419,018 men. Although the industry is working hard to change its macho male dominated connotation, there is still more to be done to not only encourage women to join but to create an environment that sees companies retain, develop and enhance their female workforce.

1st and 3rd world problems – count yourself lucky!

I’ve just been very fortunate and had an 8-day trip to Tanzania. My wife and I had 5 days on safari, and then 3 in Zanzibar. Apart from the absolutely marvellous chance to see many beautiful wild animals close up, we also travelled around 1,500km through the country. We met many locals, either in the hotels and lodges, or just walking down the street. Everyone was friendly, in particular the little kids walking to school who were giggling whilst they said “Jambo” to us and wanted high fives.