How lockdown made construction more attractive
The impact of coronavirus restrictions has seen this year’s Inspiring Women in Construction programme of events go digital.
Willmott Dixon managing director for the North Anthony Dillon, management trainee Lauren Barrow, and construction manager Lianne Lawson offered insight on promoting gender diversity and encouraging women to get into, and stay in, construction.
“What the pandemic has taught all of us is how quickly we can evolve and adapt to new ways of working, and I think mindset for everyone has changed,” says construction manager Lawson, who has been in the industry for 14 years following a degree in construction management.
She believes that a more agile workforce is necessary to drive women towards the sector, and that having to work from home in many cases has opened the industry up to the possibility of more flexible working conditions.
Lawson says lockdown meant caring roles, traditionally assigned to women, were shared between both genders: “It’s been more beneficial for women because everyone is more open to a greater equilibrium now. Particularly in the last six months, it’s become a male and female role to assist with childcare or look after relatives.”
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