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Women working in construction industry ‘breaking the bias’ this International Women’s Day

A career in construction is ‘rewarding, diverse and open to all’, that’s the message from the women at North Devon Homes.   

This International Women’s Day (8 March), female staff from the social housing provider are debunking the myth that the construction industry is a male only sector and are sharing their experiences of working in this industry to encourage others to join suit.  

Claire Fallow, Head of Asset Management, runs the Planned Improvement, Repairs, Servicing and Maintenance Teams. She joined North Devon Homes 12 years ago and had worked in other construction roles prior to that. She says, “There are so many roles available across the sector and it’s a shame there are not more women in these jobs as there is no reason why a women can’t do these jobs as well as a man. I’ve always found it to be a welcoming environment to work in and have never been treated differently as a female in the industry. Every day brings different challenges and makes it an exciting field to work in.” 

With this year’s theme for International Women’s Day being ‘break the bias’, Yvette Casey, a Building Surveyor is proving women can succeed in what is often seen as a male dominated career.  

“I’ve always had a natural curiosity for how things work and went on to study Architecture at University,’ Yvette explains. “Ever since then I have worked in construction and I’ve never come across any push back being a woman in the industry. People don’t often expect to see a woman in this role but it is really rewarding and there are lots of opportunities for women in this industry. If you are interested, then you are halfway there and the rest you can learn on the job.” 

North Devon Homes employs over 130 staff across many different sectors of housing, 51% of their total employees are women. In their asset management and repairs teams nearly 30% of the team are female. 

Ellie Lees is a Works Co-ordinator where she works alongside the repairs team to co-ordinate appointments and ensure the team have the correct materials and scheduled time to complete their jobs. “It doesn’t matter what gender you are and so it’s fantastic to have other women working in this area. I would encourage other women to consider a role here with us; it’s a great company to work for. I deal with the carpentry team where my knowledge of construction is continually growing and that’s thanks to the friendly and encouraging team that we have.”  

Philippa Butler is the Finance Director, she says, “It is great that the theme for this International Women’s Day is ‘break the bias’ as many of our female staff are doing just that.  We are proud of our inclusive working culture which celebrates differences and encourages all to thrive. I would encourage any women reading this to consider a role within construction or housing, as it’s very rewarding and there are many opportunities.” 

If you are interested in a career at North Devon Homes, then check out their vacancies page www.ndh-ltd.co.uk/join-team-ndh/vacancies or email recruitment@ndh-ltd.co.uk

Issued 07/03/22