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15 February, 2017 - 11:40 By Kate Sweeney

Building a future for women in construction

Sarah Taylor Wates Construction

Wates Construction, the contractor that has led the delivery of Brookgate’s One the Square office development in Cambridge, is calling for more women to consider a career in construction in a bid to increase gender equality in the industry.

The call to action comes as Cambridge-based project surveyor, Sarah Taylor (pictured above), completes a year on Wates’ national junior board, through which she works to develop best practice within the business.

She said: “I have worked in construction since I graduated in 2009 and have found it to be such a diverse and rewarding industry to be part of. One of the most exciting things about my job is having the opportunity to influence the industry, be it through my position as a woman in construction or my role on Wates’ junior board.”

Taylor, who has a degree in civil engineering and quantity surveying, was appointed to Wates’ junior board in January 2016.

Established in 2002, the junior board is a group of employees who work with the Wates Group’s chief executive to influence change within the business. Taylor works with a network of colleagues on a range of projects, including designing and developing new health and safety work-wear standards.

Keen to encourage more people into the industry, Taylor is also a construction ambassador both through her role at Wates and with the Construction Industry Training Board. These efforts see Sarah take part in school visits and career workshops to talk about how she got into the industry.

She says: “The CITB recently reported that on average women make up 19.9 per cent of the construction workforce, the highest level in 20 years. It’s amazing to see more women join the sector and I would definitely urge those that have ever mistaken construction as a male-only industry to reconsider and seek out the many opportunities available to them.”

Kiss Communications

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