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Women in Construction

ConstructionSkills Northern Ireland has stepped up its efforts to increase the number of women working in construction by setting up a “Women in Construction Network” and running annual conferences.

The construction industry needs to widen its appeal and attract a diverse number of new recruits - particularly women and people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds - who are under represented across the trades and professions.

Currently, female workers in Northern Ireland account for less than 10% of the Industry and less than 3% are employed in craft, trade or professional related positions.

The Women into Construction Network brings together young women from across the industry and encourages them share their experiences and promote the industry to other women.

Sir Reg Empey, MLA, Minister for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland said: “In Northern Ireland, ConstructionSkills is working hard to dispel the outdated notion that construction is just for men. Given continued expansion in the construction sector, it is likely that women will play an ever increasing role in the sector and we a diverse workforce as a positive outcome.”

For more information on the Network contact Siobhan Daly at

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