Following a successful 18 months, Housebuilder, Hill, has announced that it has extended its award-winning Women into Construction programme.
The housebuilder’s platinum partnership with the not-for-profit organisation Women into Construction will continue for another 18 months, operating within Hill’s Cambridgeshire region. The partnership has helped hundreds of women access construction career advice and guidance.
The firm added that 41 local women had registered directly onto the programme for construction-related training, with most participants progressing onto work placements and Women into Construction offering remote mentorship.
The two companies have also worked together to undertake group-wide mandatory diversity and inclusion training for Hill’s more than 650 employees.
Women into Construction offers bespoke support to women wishing to enter the construction industry, working with housebuilders and contractors to reduce the skills shortage and create a more gender-balanced workforce, featuring “highly motivated, trained women”.
Tom Hill, the Hill group’s regional and main board director, said: “I have been so impressed with the success of our Women into Construction programme as well as the calibre of candidates we have been able to help into the industry.
“Construction has historically been very male-dominated and I’m proud Hill is strengthening its commitment to initiatives that move us towards a more gender-equal workforce. It is proven that greater equality in the workplace leads to increases in productivity and innovation, and for Hill, our involvement in Women into Construction is central to addressing the growing skills shortage.”
Shelley Lawrence, Women into Construction’s project manager, Cambridgeshire, added: “I am delighted to be working with Hill for an extended 18 months to continue delivering the programme in Cambridgeshire.
“Hill's continued sponsorship shows a positive commitment for change that not only supports their gender diversity aspirations but supports the creation of a diverse talent pipeline for their supply chain and the wider local industry.”