"Good prospects" for women in the construction industry


Prospects are currently good for women working in the construction industry, one industry expert believes.

Graham Arnold, centre manager for Construction Training London, said that some large companies will immediately look for female tradespeople which will, in turn, increase employment opportunities in the sector.

He explained that this is because some women do not like male tradespeople coming into their home for religious reasons or because they live alone, meaning female workers are essential.

However, Mr Arnold thinks that only a "particular type" of women want to train.

"There is still this macho image of the construction industry. Sadly it is wrong but still puts off a lot of women from training," he added.

A spokesperson for ClickAJob points out that there are many roles in construction beyond those that require just muscle power.

"Trades like electrical work, heating and plumbing are more highly paid than cliched hod-carrying jobs and more suited to a woman's natural flair for detail and order," he says.

"They are qualified skills too, to be properly licensed in such specialised work is almost recession-proof, particularly as the pressure on housing expands with population growth," he continues.

"It's might be an unexpected career choice, but many women will be pleasantly surprised by how good they can be at it."

To ensure London's recovery when the recession is over, the government has invested £15 million in training for people who have, or fear they will, lose their jobs, figures from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills show.

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