What made you interested to enter into a career in the Construction industry?
My interest in the construction industry started with my desire to be part of the building and manufacturing process, where I could observe how with an abundance of raw materials, people can build remarkable things. You have the ability to create something different whether it’s building houses, apartments, offices. I have always rated highly the exceptional standards, professionalism and hard work are required for any construction project.
What changes have you seen the industry make in order to become more inclusive to women entering the market?
I’ve observed that an increasing number of companies in construction have increased the number of job positions which a passionate and interested woman can be part of. For example, I’ve met ladies on various construction sites in positions such as Project Managers, Lorry Drivers, Welfare, Cleaners and so on.
What advice would you give women entering the industry?
I would like to recommend to all women to believe in their capabilities and prospects of working in this industry. Yes it can be hard, like any other industry, but having the courage to be a part of this industry despite the fact that it is relatively male-dominated, is a rewarding career option.
What further improvements or changes do you think could be made to encourage women to join the construction industry?
I believe that presenting, publishing and analysing the experiences women have on construction sites will encourage them to further consider being a part of the industry for those who are interested. I think people have a preconceived idea of what it is like, but step onto a site and you might be surprised.
Celebrating Women in Construction – Tracey Heneghan