16 Apr RSE Group boss weighs in on “Woman In Construction” report
Russell Stilwell the Founder and Managing Director of the RSE Group has weighed in on a report published today that found that careers in construction trades are not being considered by women despite a strong public desire to see more females in the sector.
Russell Stilwell told us: “As a business, we are passionate about providing equal opportunities for everybody. Alongside the majority of the East Anglian population, we too would like to see more females in main construction roles.”
“At present, we have 22 members of staff who are female. This includes one individual who is working in a main construction role as an electrician. Women make up 35% of our team and we are hoping to grow this number.”
He added “At RSE, we are working hard to encourage a cultural shift within the industry. The report from Able Skills highlighted that women find a career within the construction industry intimidating, with many concerned about not being taken seriously or facing prejudice. In fact, a survey by YouGov in 2015 found that just 1% of female 18-24 year olds have actively searched for a role in construction.”
“We want to change this. We want to have a positive impact on how the construction industry is perceived. We want to encourage more women to consider a career in this exciting sector.”
“We understand that our future is often shaped from the early stages of our lives. This is why we are currently working on the launch of a training academy for both girls and boys to give them the confidence to embrace a career in construction.”
“Our sector can be vastly rewarding with many different career paths. The more this message is understood, the greater impact we can have.”