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Supporting women into trades

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As part of our commitment to increase the number of women in trade roles, we are proud to be founder members of a new Women’s Trade Network.

Launched in partnership with Plentific, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Peabody, Notting Hill Genesis, L&Q, Women’s Pioneer Housing and Direct Works, the network will provide training, support and access to roles for women who want to work in trade.

Females make up just two percent of tradespeople in the UK, a statistic that we are committed to changing. In addition to joining the network, we have also signed the Women’s Trade Network Pledge, which is a commitment organisations can make to increase female representation in the industry by removing barriers, empowering and supporting women, as well as providing access to job opportunities.

Ways in which workplaces can do this include:

Remove Barriers

  • Provide an inclusive workplace, offering flexible working arrangements, equal pay and equal opportunities
  • Share best practices with fellow Women’s Trade Network organisations, as well as the wider industry, to support long term change in the sector and remove barriers industry-wide.

Empower and Support 

  • Offer support and help to build a network of role models and mentors for women entering the profession
  • Spread awareness and highlight the variety of roles available to women through our communications channels, partners, networks and residents.

Increase Access

  • Commit to sharing job opportunities, including apprenticeships and traineeships, with women who have been through the programme when a relevant position becomes available
  • Provide residents with the ability to request female-operatives and assign work orders to women in those cases.

Much-needed change

Group Executive Director for Affordable Housing, Debi Marriott-Lavery, is passionate about supporting women to achieve their personal and professional ambitions and has welcomed the opportunity to be involved in this important initiative:

“We are delighted to be a part of the Women’s Trade Network, and we’re committed to working with our partners to break down the barriers which prevent women from pursuing trade roles. Being part of this pledge enables us to drive forward much-needed change for women in the industry, as well as developing the diversity and skillset of our workforce, supporting our vision to build sustainable communities that work for everyone.”

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