WotT coming together with Procure Plus Holdings!
We are delighted to announce that Women on the Tools has joined the Procure Plus family by becoming a subsidiary of the group on 02 January 2018.
A primary ambition for Women on the Tools (WotT) is to start working with building trades and construction industry employers, to help them recruit and retain tradeswomen as a response to the current serious skills shortage, in order to achieve a better gender balance between their employees working in construction.
Procure Plus & WotT – Making It Happen
At Procure Plus (PPH), investing back into our communities has always been at the heart of our raison d’etre. Training and developing people who find themselves far from the employment market continues as a focus for our Social Value team.
At Procure Plus we’ve always been aware that women are underrepresented within the construction sector and in partnership with WotT, utilising their knowledge and experience, the Procure Plus Social Value team we will be targeting a significant increase in the representation of women in our training and development programmes for 2018.
Whilst the challenge is immediate, and one that Procure Plus will work tirelessly to deliver. The longer term solution lies in how we influence these women much earlier in their career development, to ensure construction is an option when they are considering their careers as young teenagers. To that end PPH will focus on the education sector as a route to influence and inform young women of the career opportunities within the construction sector. This will have down the line impact, but of course we need to change things more quickly than that, and that is why we are working closely with our current supply chain and training providers to open up opportunities for the limited number of women out there now, that have already decided that construction is for them.
The ethos and culture of WotT sits very naturally with the ethos and culture of Procure Plus and we look forward to delivering some real impact in this area in the future.