The Campaign

A great deal of campaigning work needs to be done to create the culture where women on the tools are the norm, not the exception. Programmes that train and employ more women in the building trades are helpful but on their own do not and cannot deliver the full extent of the change necessary.

Women on the Tools (previously Women and Manual Trades) as a new campaign, intends to keep campaigning until 50% of tradespeople are women.

In order to achieve this, we will:

  • work with building trades and construction industry employers to help them recruit and retain many more tradeswomen as a response to the current serious skills shortage, in order to achieve a better gender balance between their employees working on the tools
  • provide advice and guidance to teachers in schools and colleges; to employers in the construction and building trades; and through targeted campaigns designed to influence parents as well as policy-makers
  • work with a range of partners to grow the national network of tradeswomen, so that women working on the tools around the UK can be in touch with each other, in touch with us, and in touch with people who want to engage with them

Socially and economically for the future, it is essential that there are many more women working on the tools. In order to create that future we need help to tackle the considerable obstacles women face in entering and making a living in the building trades.

We need all the help we can get, so please support the campaign!



Women on the Tools member Donna Lister, owner of ATB Electrical. Photo: Leo Hillier