This month Equate Scotland published an Industry Guide to support the construction industry attract and retain women into the sector.

Working with  Sir Robert McAlpine, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and the City of Glasgow College, Equate is a part of a wider project titled Inclusive Value. Together we have developed an online tool that will help employers in the UK construction sector work towards creating a more inclusive and diverse workplace.

While equality and inclusion may be less of a priority for the construction sector during the UK’s collective fight against the Corona Virus pandemic. It is essential the sector does not lose sight of the long-term benefits equality brings to industry.

As it currently stands, women make up just 15% of the UK construction sector and only 2% of manual trade workers. And, according to the trade union, GMB, it will take almost 200 years to achieve gender equality in the construction sector. However, if the UK is to meet complex infrastructure challenges related to climate change, population growth and technological transformation, the sector needs to take steps towards recruiting, training and retaining a diverse workforce. Particularly at a time when we are experiencing a growing skills gap, ageing workforce and uncertainty around COVID 19.

The Industry Guide is free to all construction companies. It can be used to identify where equality and inclusion efforts should be focused and provides practical advice. It also highlights areas of good practice across the UK demonstrating how employers have implemented effective working practices that support diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Employers and training providers can access the Inclusive Value Tool and guide here.