Developing my previous post regarding increasing intake of people into the built environment, Aggregate Industries recent drive should not be ignored.
Since 2015 they have reported a 50% increase in female graduates entering the business, with a staggering 10 times improvement in the number of female apprentices. Given the long sticking stigma attached to building products as a sector to enter, I have to say well done to their Head of Learning & Development, David Butterfield and his team at Aggregate Industries!
Within both building products and the wider construction industries, attracting female workers is a longstanding conundrum, what with set hours of work, often dictated to by daylight hours and childcare arrangements. I recently say Morgan Sindall, via their HR Director, Dawn Moore, had won the Champion Award at the Working Mums awards 2017 for their approach to flexible working for women.
Please reflect on this - has your organisation seriously done enough around making your company an attractive proposition for women to work in?
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As part of an ongoing commitment to nurturing new industry talent and greater diversity, the industry player has operated an extensive apprenticeship programme, which has undoubtedly contributed to these positive statistics. Every year, the business holds a host of different programmes to give young people the chance to take on new skills and try them out in a live environment, a great way of providing invaluable career experience.