Women working in construction is on the increase. 37% of new entrants into the industry that came from higher education are women.
The simple answer is no.
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. Misconceptions about gender specific roles are gradually diminishing with the growing number of women choosing a career in constrcution.
This is a common misconception about the construction industry and thousands of exceptionally talented female construction workers would certainly disagree.
With so many rewards and benefits of working in the industry, there's plenty of room for career progression and skill development, so it's an industry worth looking into.
Now - more than ever - is a great time to get into construction and to help you build your skills and a career path that could take you to the very top! Check out some of our real-life stories from those already working in construction.
Discover how the construction industry is tackling subjects within diversity such as disability, ethnicity and the LGBT community, forging the way to become an inclusive and diverse workforce
There are many ways into construction, whether you're leaving school or established in your career. You could:
Explore the different careers within construction, based on your qualifications, interests and talents.
Suzannah wanted to get involved in construction ever since she undertook a day’s work experience. She went on to become a site engineer before making the leap to health and safety, becoming director of health and safety at the NSCC in 2002. She was awarded an MBE in 2005 for service to the construction industry. Suzannah is now Chief Executive at Build UK.
She credits the construction industry itself with her success: "If you show both enthusiasm and interest, colleagues at all levels are quick to share their expertise and help you progress."
Construction is an industry that goes out of its way to help you achieve your potential
There are several organisations that specialise in connecting women in construction, which can be a useful step in reaching future employers: