Women in construction

Women into Construction
Career Changer Project

Encon Construction are an award-winning thought leader in the area of diversity and inclusion within the construction industry.


In 2019 we were awarded funding from CITB to deliver  a Career Changers scheme focused on engaging women into trade roles within the construction industry. This successful framework of engagement was piloted to attract, recruit, and retain women through a holistic model that focuses on targeted grass roots recruitment, industry collaboration and culture.


Engagement and upskilling of 20 Women into Construction Trades.

Agile / flexible working

Identification of how Agile / flexible working can be practically applied within Construction trades – changing the views of hiring managers to encourage more diversity in Recruitment within construction.

Increased retention

An increase in appropriately trained mentors and mentoring schemes within the construction workforce – leading to increase in retention of staff and reduced staff turnover / recruitment costs

Increased diversity

Improved recruitment procedures that promote equality and diversity and therefore a resultant increase in diversity in the workforce - measured at end of year 1 and 2.

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Construction & the built environment is the UK’s least gender diverse industry where only 12% of the workforce is female. This figure has remained all but stagnant for the past 12 years as a result of failure to address culture and retention, and not solely new

entrant recruitment. When addressing women in trade

roles this figure plummets to less than 1%, and BAME representation sits at just 3%. In its first year the Career Changers Programme successfully:

  • Engaged 20 Female career changers into paid trade roles in either – Painting & Decorating,

Plastering or Labour/Plant

  • Put all ladies through an apprenticeship scheme whilst securing wages of at least minimum / living wage as opposed to 1st year apprentice rates
  • Delivered additional work ready training for career changers includingm1-day Health & Safety & CSCS

/ Asbestos awareness / Manual Handling / Pasma / CPCS

  • Delivered 6 days of additional CPD training for career changers to support the transition into the

construction environment

  • Trained over 80 female mentors working in construction & the built environment
  • Delivered unconscious bias to over 50-line managers/persons with recruitment


The success of the career changers programme is a direct result of focusing not only recruiting female

career changers into construction roles but addressing the structural and cultural barriers that prevent women from entering or remaining in the workforce.