#notjustforboys at the Construction Industry Summit

We are proud to be hosting a #notjustforboys break out session at the Construction Industry Summit next month.

We are very excited to have been named as Education Partner and are hosting a key break out session at the Construction Industry Summit in London on 21st September. The event will form part of the activity for the our hugely successful #notjustforboys campaign which was launched last year and challenges the misconception that construction careers are aimed only at men.

The campaign has got young people talking about which careers are best for them and actively encourages more young women to look at the hundreds of careers options the industry has to offer too.  It has also resulted in hundreds of industry professionals pledging their support to the campaign.

The break out session will be a lively panel discussion and Q&A regarding ways that the industry can attract more women into construction careers; both by celebrating success and by removing barriers.

The following panellists have been confirmed:

  • Phil Wang, comedian, engineer:  www.philwang.co.uk
  • Sophie Walker, Leader of the Women's Equality Party
  • Terrie Alafat, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Anne McNamara, Shine Bid Services
  • Victoria Brambini, Interim Managing Director at Scape Procure Ltd 
  • Miranda Seymour-Smith, 3rd Sector Consultant

The break out session will also see the launch of the second edition of the Smith Institute report about Women in Construction. The Trust issued a monograph with the Smith Institute Building the Future: Women in Construction in 2014 which brought together a range of high profile industry representatives, MPs and others to make the case for supporting more young women into the industry.  The report’s initial success was the inspiration for the #notjustforboys campaign, and its continued success has led to the issue of a 2nd edition – this time entitled Not Just For Boys: Women in Construction.

The new edition will include a brand new preface and will bring the report up-to-date in a post-Brexit context where the skills gap is high on both the political, economic and industry’s agenda.  The Trust will also be sending the report directly to MPs and the parliamentary library as well as major industry groups and through other networks.

Christine Townley, Executive Director of the Trust commented: “We’re really excited about the opportunity to get involved in the Summit. With guests including a wide range of construction professionals, trades people, government representatives and wider stakeholders, we are confident that it will help us reach more key decision makers to ensure they are behind #notjustforboys.”

The Construction Industry Summit is taking place on 20-21 September at The Grange Hotel, St Paul’s, London. Ticket information can be found on their website www.constructionindustrysummit.com.