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Women on the Tools was launched in 2016 as the new name for Women and Manual Trades (WAMT).

Women and Manual Trades was formed in 1975, and to our knowledge, was the first group formed by women to promote working in construction and building services as a positive and enjoyable option for women.

You can watch a short film celebrating Women and Manual Trades, produced by Michelle Featherstone, here:

40 years later, despite best efforts by WAMT and others to increase the number of women working “on the tools”, the figure remained stubbornly low at just 1% of the UK construction workforce.

So, in Spring 2016, the organisation was relaunched as the Women on the Tools campaign. With 40 years of experience and learning under our belts it is our intention to campaign until 50% of tradespeople are women. Find out more about our aims and objectives here.