Women move up the construction career ladder

Date: Wednesday 29 April 2015

TWEM - Women Construction

We’re celebrating the job progression of three female employees at Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, who are successfully building careers in the traditionally male-dominated construction industry.

The three workers have all made recent progress in their respective fields, with Emily Lloyd being promoted from Sales Executive to Sales and Part Exchange Contract Co-ordinator, Sophie Cherry moving up to an Assistant Sales Manager and Vicky Towers advancing from Trainee Engineer to Engineer.

Emily (23), who has worked with us for two years, says: “I started working for the company as a Trainee Sales Executive, so had never been on an apprenticeship or training scheme with Taylor Wimpey, but since then have acquired an NVQ in sales and administration and have also just completed an NVQ in leadership and management.

“I’m so happy to receive this promotion as I am learning about a different side of the business and developing more skills to progress in this industry. I really enjoy my new role and working for this company.”

Sophie (26), who was an experienced Sales Executive and has NVQs in customer service and leadership and management, says: “I started my career in the housing industry at 18 after completing my A-Levels when I found a job at a local estate agency, where I then specialised in new-build properties and moved onto a Sales Executive role. Since I started working for Taylor Wimpey in November 2013 I have experienced working both at our head office and on our developments.

“I am so happy to have reached my career goal, and for it to have happened so unexpectedly makes it even more exciting. I’m really looking forward to setting up our new developments and overseeing the presentation and staffing of our growth in new developments, and it really helped that I received strong support from my Sales and Marketing Director who helped me gain the experience needed for when the right opportunity came along.”

With women only making up 11% of the 2.5 million employees in the construction sector, we want to support more women starting careers in the industry.

Vicky (25), who has worked with us for nine years, says: “Since being in this industry I have completed my HNC in Civil Engineering at Coventry University College, which was not only funded by Taylor Wimpey but they also allowed me to study one day a week over a 14 month period.

“I now feel like I am flying the flag for women in a male-dominated sector. The support I have received from Taylor Wimpey has been fantastic, and the company has always had the right balance between studying and practical hands-on learning. They also run their own set of internal training courses which I have enjoyed attending; including plain English, business writing, time management, assertiveness at work and presentation skills.

“Taylor Wimpey encourages us to get involved in their great team building opportunities as well, such as quiz nights and sports events, which allow us to improve our relationships with each other.”

Dominic Harman, Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, says: “We are very pleased to be able to offer well deserved and earned promotions, develop our staff and promote from within, and in an industry not usually considered to be female orientated, it’s pleasing to see women achieving positions of responsibility in our business.

“House building has a number of varied career opportunities, and these career progressions show that anyone with the right attitude can forge a fantastic career with equal opportunities.

“Taylor Wimpey has always promoted the importance of a more diverse and inclusive construction industry and offer equal opportunities for all employees.”

For more information about career opportunities at Taylor Wimpey, visit: www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/careers.