News & events

A big night for the Trust at WICAwards 2015!

The 26th of March was a great night for women in construction as the annual Women In Construction Awards event celebrated the achievements of professional women who continue to inspire within the construction industry through their outstanding work. The event was particularly special for the Trust, as not only we were Charity of the night, but our Executive Director Christine Townley was also awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the category of Outstanding Woman in Construction!

The event was hosted by award winning comedian, actor and writer Katy Brand who warmed up the crowd...

Celebrating international women's day

One year ago we launched Building the Future: Celebrating women in construction in partnership with the Smith institute and supported by CITB and Wates giving. A call for both a celebration of those individuals, companies and policies which have enabled more women to enter the industry as much as a call for change of those attitudes and barriers which still make it an industry dominated by white men.

The report garnered much attention at the time and one year on we have made some changes ourselves which have seen us improve the quota of young women on our courses and progressing...

Celebrating Women in Construction

We recently spoke to Oi Ki Cheung, a project engineer passionate about encouraging more young people into the sector.

Oi Ki Cheung is just where she wants to be – a Network Rail project engineer on Crossrail, the £16 billion, 73 mile rail project linking Maidenhead in Berkshire with Shenfield, Essex when it opens in 2019, via six Central London Underground stations on the way. It’s Europe’s largest infrastructure project, and Oi Ki is a civil engineer on the new dive under (or underpass) at Acton Freight Yard, an important section of Crossrail West....

Women can solve construction’s skills shortage

The report was commissioned by the Trust as we simultaneously launch a year-long drive celebrating the achievements of prominent women in the sector and urging industry leaders to inspire more young women to follow their lead.

The Trust’s female-focused drive – under the banner Celebrating Women in Construction – is a constructive and positive response to the Smith report, Building the future: women in construction, which shows women to be woefully under-represented in the construction industry, accounting for only 11 percent of construction workers and just 1...

Are we doing enough to help women into the construction industry?

Women currently only make up 9% of the industry's workforce and it is important that we do more to welcome into careers in the built environment in the future and ensure this percentage rises.

Although not every role in the trades will appeal to women it is important that we give them access to a range of different jobs and ensure they are aware of the opportunities the industry offer. By not doing so we are missing out on some potential stars and young women are missing out on what could be exciting careers for them.

We recently held our annual Duke of...

Free Decorating Courses for Young Women Launch in Islington

Exciting new courses to teach skills in painting and decorating to young women have launched in Islington this November.

Open to young women aged 13-19, these courses are delivered through a number of painting and decorating workshops held in different youth centres across the borough. Participants can take away the step-by-step knowledge needed to decorate their own bedroom, and try their hand at a variety of fun and engaging painting techniques during the sessions.

The project's youth worker will continue to support participants and follow up the workshops by...