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Women on the Tools and NICEIC event on women in trades, March 2017


On 30th March 2017, NICEIC and Women on the Tools hosted a discussion about what can be done to get more women into the building trades, at the Goldsmiths Centre in Central London.

30 guests, including tradeswomen, employers and other influencers from across the building services industry took part along with a panel consisting of Emma Clancy, CEO of Certsure, Andrea Kelmanson, CEO of Women on the Tools, Baroness Sue Garden, Lib Dem peer leading on Further and Higher Education and Skills, and Simon Bartley, President of WorldSkills. And, an inspiring opening address was given by writer Rachel Bridge, who shared her ideas and tips on how to be enterprising!

Issues discussed included the need to improve trades teaching and training, and the fact that construction is often viewed as a secondary career choice, by both schools and parents; the need for apprenticeships to be more widely available for women over the age of 25-30; and the great need for more role models to be visible to women wanting to get into construction and building trades. You can see photos from the day here.

Emma Clancy said: “It was clear, from listening to all the personal stories in the room, that the route into construction was not a simple one.
We need to make choosing a career in construction more appealing to women. They need to feel comfortable with the choice and be encouraged along the way. We all have a role to play in that regard. We need to shape the way the industry is viewed by women.
It was inspiring to see so many female role-models in one room who have made their way in the construction sector. These are the people we need to promote and show how construction can be a rewarding career choice for everyone.”

The hashtag tradeswomencan was set up on the day to highlight the event on social media. So, please keep the discussion going by using #tradeswomencan on Instagram and Twitter!