Women in Construction news: CITB's 'fast-track' brickie academy, Dior's architectural statement, and a housing project  for homeless women

July 5, 2019 | Daisy Bernard


From research on the benefits flexible working to diversity approaches in Nigeria, we round up this week's need-to-reads on diversity in construction


Research shows flexible working could get more women into construction 

According to a new poll by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), flexible working options were voted as the top recommendation to help attract and retain female talent. 

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Dior's new collection comments on women in architecture

According to the fashion brand's Instagram, the statuesque clothes from Dior Couture FW19 were making an architectural statement about women acting as collateral figures throughout time. The post says: "Through the centuries, the caryatids ... have come to be a metaphorical illustration of the supporting role women play, both in architecture and society." As V Magazine comments, the collection shows that women aren't supportive beams or decorative sculptures, but "can be the whole goddamn house too".

Read more on V Magazine >


CITB launches 'fast-track' academy to address skills shortage

The Brickwork Academy has been launched by The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to help the next generation of bricklayers. It's being introduced in partnership with colleges and employers in the UK.

Read more on The Construction Index >


Portland developer pitches housing project for homeless women

Dropping plans for market rate housing, the Developers Collaborative is partnering with nonprofit Amistad to offer affordable homes for women with substance use disorder. 

Read more on Press Herald >


Construction industry leaders urged to step up diversity approaches 

Members of Parliament in Scotland have told construction firms they must improve their approach to tackling longstanding challenges such as skill training, diversity and a general resistance to change. A report from a committee of MSPs says these are among a range of issues that would encourage growth in a sector that employs 147,000 people in Scotland.

Read more on Daily Business Group >


The German Development Cooperation held a workshop in Nigeria to get more young women into construction

Deutsche Geselischaft for Internationale Zusammenarbelt (GIZ), organized a workshop in Abeokuta with 100 female attendees. Hans-Ludwig Bruns, Coordinator for Sustainable Economic Development, discussed the gender skills gap in the agriculture and construction sectors, “which are key sectors of the Skills Development for Youth Employment in Nigeria (SKYE)”.

Read more on Premium Times Nigeria >


Liaise with America's top industry professionals at Women in Construction USA

After three sell-out events in London and Amsterdam, the Women in Construction Summit is coming to San Francisco on 18-19 September 2019. Over two days, 400+ attendees will hear inspiring keynotes, skill-building workshops and dedicated networking events. You’ll leave empowered with practical tools to tackle both personal and professional hurdles, and with connections who have faced the same challenges as you. 

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