Facebook Pixel
Skip to content

Increasing female trade apprentices and operatives in the social housing sector


Changing industry culture, Learning resources, Careers and recruitment, Small employer support

Mears Ltd

The Guinness Partnership; Sovereign Housing Association; CIH; NHMF; Nottingham City Homes; NHF; United Welsh; Construction Youth Trust; National Federation of ALMOs; Women into Construction; WISH; Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP; Tamsin Stirling

Great Britain



Commercial, Housing, Infrastructure, Specialist

The project will encourage more women to consider construction as a positive career choice by increasing employment of social housing tenants and those from the local community.

This employment will be created in the social housing or building maintenance sector.

  • Provide ambassador training for 40 female social housing employees
  • Deliver 24 half-day taster workshops for female tenants and local community
  • Develop a toolkit to be used in schools to promote female employment
  • Develop employer guidance notes
  • Develop a pool of employers who are willing to offer support and/or employment
  • Develop guidance for new female entrants.

01 Mar 2016

30 Sep 2018

End of project summary

The finished in December 2017.  Outreach activity reached 7,354 attendees from schools, community groups, partners and local authorities via workshops, careers events and conferences.  The project has produced a research report, a suite of online  toolkits for schools and a range of publications; provided practical taster days for women, and created an ambassador network.  

Resources available

Toolkit and resources