The European Women In Construction & Engineering Awards Breaking Down Barriers And Building New Heights
According to the Department of Civil & Building Engineering, Loughborough University, UK; "The construction sector plays an important role in economic growth.......... however, the construction sector remains male-dominated and women’s growing role as decision-makers and buyers is not reflected by their input into construction innovation and creativity."
Women represent only 11% of the construction workforce in the UK and most of these jobs are office based and only 2% work in manual jobs. When it comes to women in engineering only 9 per cent of UK engineering professionals are women, 18 per cent in Spain, 26 per cent in Sweden and 20 per cent in Italy.
The aim of the awards is to make these industries more enticing to women. To create role models for women considering a career in these sectors, while encouraging companies to employ and train more women in these industries.