As a woman working in construction I am often asked how I find the job, and how I deal with working within a predominantly male environment. People want to know if it’s different and if it’s hard to work with a largely male workforce. My response is always the same, it’s a varied and interesting job and the only difficulties you have are not related to people being male, but are because some people can be narrow minded, male or female.
I believe that while it would be good to have more women in the industry, it is more important to ensure the skills gap is filled and this should be by both men and women. There is an obvious shortage in trainees and apprentices across the industry from trades through to management. Unfortunately, it seems that the promotion of the opportunities within the industry are becoming increasingly focussed towards women when it should, in my opinion, be aimed at both men and women equally.