THIS YEAR, on the 8th March, Women in Roofing (WinR) are proud to support national Woman’s Day. Celebrating the tremendous efforts of women and girls around the world, in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the pandemic.
International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to shine a light on the critical role of women’ leadership throughout this period. Within their families, communities, their businesses and all levels of government. Across the globe, women are at the helm of the institutions carrying our effective and inclusive COVID-19 responses. From the highest levels of decision-making to frontline service delivery.
What a difference a year has made!!
Over the last 12 months, we have all had to learn to adapt to change and we have become real masters in juggling families, home schooling, working from home and business. We’ve unleashed our compassionate side, learnt the real meaning of being kind and found the bravery to reach out for help in moments of crisis and grief.
We have learnt to deeply appreciate those little precious moments and how comforting a small hug is. We have had to manage burnout by learning to look after ourselves and our mental health. As well as building resilience to overcome those moments of feeling down! More importantly, we have stopped and reset. We have taken time to reflect and reconsider on what it is important to us. In terms of relationships, values and aspirations.
Choose to Challenge
For over 6 years, Women in Roofing have been a real catalyst and agent for change. With a powerful impact on the roofing sector encouraging cross sector collaboration, promoting learning and development and career opportunities. As well as advocating for fairness, inclusion and respect.
It was only in June 2019 when Women in Roofing hosted the 4th annual conference at the VOX Conference Centre in Birmingham. Everyone who attended shared a real excitement, passion and commitment to challenge. Driving real change and improvement within the roofing industry.
The Proud to Promote Roofing initiative set up by YIRTG has received industry wide recognition and WinR members have fully endorsed it. There has been much emphasis in breaking down stereotypes and the misconception that construction is just for males. The aim is to encourage more school leavers and more girls to consider the diverse STEM careers. In addition to apprenticeship opportunities in the construction industry.
UK Construction Week Role Model campaign has recognised few of the many roofing sector Role Models who are real advocates of ethical and professional leadership sharing the same passion for a more inclusive and diverse industry with real commitment to social value and community investment.
WinR regional events have also provided excellent continuous professional development opportunities to many of our members.
Youth Unemployment – Encouraging News
In the last twelve months, as a result of Covid-19 crisis, youth unemployment has reached the highest levels, becoming a national emergency. The latest Government initiatives to provide grant incentives to employers to take on an apprentice as well as the launch of the Kickstart Scheme have been welcomed. As a result, we are already seeing some positive impact.
According to the Office of National Statistics, female apprentices in construction are also on the rise. Increasing by 19% in the 2019/20 academic year compared to the previous 12 months. This represents a much larger trend in growth as there are 333% more female construction trainees than in 2014/2015. So far in the 2020/2021 academic year, the percentage of female new starters has increased to 9%, suggesting that this growth is set to continue.
Women in Roofing – a real catalyst for the roofing sector
Yes, national lockdown is still challenging but it is important we stay positive and we continue to support one another!
Over the last 12 months, Women in Roofing have used the advantage of technology and innovation to continue acting as a catalyst and support the roofing employers.
The series of webinars in 2020 focusing on Construction Leadership Council Roadmap to Recovery plan, Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Training and Apprenticeships have been a real success. We created an opportunity for learning and promoted a platform where people could reach out for practical advice, guidance and help in restarting the construction sites. Sharing best practice to improving employee well-being, engagement, motivation and resilience while working from home during lockdown.
We are also delighted as we have developed a strong partnership with Building People that facilitated an incredible opportunity to collaborate for women in construction groups’ community.
Time for Celebration!
Women in Construction Day is a perfect opportunity for construction employers to take time to recognise and celebrate all the female colleagues that are playing a significant contribution within their business at all levels.
This is also a time to acknowledge that there is more need for a top-down leadership approach. To breakdown stereotyping and promote a culture of fairness and inclusion. This is so important not only to make the industry more attractive for women to both take up a career within the industry but also thereafter to sustain a career in roofing.
It will also assist tremendously to create a fair platform to enable individuals to grow professionally. Developing into managers, leaders and directors and fulfil their personal and professional ambitions and goals.
In the next few months, Women in Roofing will be planning a new series of webinars to help support the industry, drive best practice and support networking opportunities
We would be pleased to hear your suggestions as to what support you would require to help us shape the agenda, please email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
From all Women in Roofing directors, please stay safe, look after yourself and others and keep well!!