Isn't construction just for boys?
The simple answer is no. Women make up around 14% of construction professionals and this number can only be set to rise with more and more women choosing construction jobs.
Women working in construction is on the increase. 37% of new entrants into the industry that came from higher education are women, proving that this industry quickly becoming one for the girls, not just the boys!
Watch these videos from women working in the construction industry in a range of roles, from office environments to on-site practical roles. You can see more of our videos on our Youtube channel.
Find out what it's really like...
Now more than ever is a great time to get into construction, to help you build your skills and a career path that could take you to the very top! Check out some of these real-life stories from those already working in construction, and all our other Day in the life stories.
How can I get into the industry?
There are many ways into construction, whether you're leaving school or established in your career. You could:
Isn't construction just an old-fashioned and traditional industry?
This is a common misconception about the construction industry, but that's not the case. In construction, there's a role for everyone, ranging from office environments to on-site practical roles.
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.
Explore the different careers within construction, based on your qualifications, interests and talents.
Suzannah Nichol MBEChief Executive at Build UK
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 finding construction job vacancies and reaching future employers: