Home Building Skills Partnership

Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Wellbeing

The industry recognises that if it is to attract the best and the brightest to home building there is a need to develop a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

D&I, Mental Health House

 

The Home Building Skills Partnership is working with home builders and their supply chain to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We have established a Diversity and Inclusion Group to ensure the sector is recognised as being inclusive and progressive. The key purpose of the group is to increase homebuilding support, adoption and implementation of policies that promote, attract and sustain a diverse and inclusive workforce.

 

The group is open to all members of HBF and the Home Building Skills Partnership. Please contact Emma.Ramell@hbf.co.uk if you would like further information or to join.

Diversity is a recognition that everyone is unique. In practical terms, this means acknowledging the benefits of being able to draw upon a wide range of experiences and perspectives in decision-making processes through having a workforce that is formed of a broad mix of people.

Building on this, an inclusive workplace is one in which everyone feels valued and able to perform at their best, regardless of their circumstances, background, or identity.

Diversity and Inclusion resources

If you would like to find out more about diversity and inclusion, please visit the Supply Chain Sustainability School, who have collated a number of resources aimed at the construction industry to promote a culture of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) within workplaces. This includes promoting equality and diversity and combatting discrimination.

  • FIR Toolkit – The FIR Toolkit contains a range of free resources aimed at those working in the construction industry. Led by Ceca and part funded by CITB, the toolkit contains a range of e-learning modules on topics such as ‘Leading people inclusively’, Toolbox Talks covering issues such as ‘respect’ and ‘language’ and a library containing useful resources.
  • Case Studies – This section contains a number of case studies explaining what individual companies are doing to promote a culture of FIR within their workplaces and supply chains.

Mental Health Awareness

The construction industry is one of the worst affected by mental health due to the number of high-risk jobs. Nearly three out of every five employees have experienced mental health issues and nearly two out of three have said they have hidden the real reasons why they have been absent, illustrating that there is still a stigma around mental health.

Read more.

Useful Links - Diversity & Inclusion

  • Agile Working Toolkit - BuildUK have created a toolkit for businesses to understand best practice on implementing more agile working.
  • National Association of Women in Construction - The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is committed to encouraging individuals to pursue, establish and sustain successful careers in the Construction Industry through encouraging opportunities to access first-hand knowledge, share best practice, develop personal and professional skills and to grow professional networks.
  • Acas - Provide a range of resources on creating fair workplaces.
  • Women into Construction - Is an independent not-for-profit organisation that promotes gender equality in construction.
  • #YesSheCan - Have two aims: 1) To support women to break their career glass ceiling. They do this by showcasing real life role models to empower and inspire. They also offer coaching, mentoring and various training and skills development sessions
    2) They work with organisations to positively impact their gender balance. This includes internal and external support.
  • Mental Health First Aid England - My Whole Self campaign is calling on employers to become actively anti-racist. In 2020 we shouldn't have to leave parts of our identity behind - be that our cultural or ethnic background, sexuality, or health - when we work.

Useful Links - Mental Health Awareness

  • The Lighthouse Club - A national charity working with construction workers and their families to provide financial and emotional support.
  • Building Mental Health- Providing an industry wide charter and framework to tackle mental health in the construction industry.