Women in Home Building

HBF is continuously working with its members to increase diversity and inclusivity within the home building industry. One of the way it is doing this is by supporting routes into the sector for women and ensuring that there are programmes and mentoring schemes available to help them progress. Whilst home building isn't an industry many associate with women, we dispel these views with more women training to work onsite and join the boards of major house builders.

To find out more stories and how you can join this exciting industry also visit our House Building Careers website here or follow us on our twitter channel @Homebuildskills and hashtag #housebuildingcareers. If you would like to share any stories or good work you have been doing, email us at skillspartnership@hbf.co.uk

Unconscious Bias - International Women's Day podcast with Helen Moore

This year's theme for International Women’s Day (8th March) is #BreakTheBias. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias still makes it difficult for women to move ahead. HBF and the Future Talent Network have created a podcast on unconscious bias, with Helen Moore, Group Director of Orbit Homes. We talk to Helen about what unconscious bias is and how we can help to overcome it within the home building industry. Listen to the podcast here.

8 Mar, 2022

Helen Moore, Group Director of Orbit Homes - Unconscious Bias PODCAST

There are also many resources and guidance available on unconscious bias on the International Women’s Day webpage here:

Click here to go to International Women’s Day website

Persimmon pushes to appoint 50 women into trainee construction roles

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Leading housebuilder Persimmon Homes has marked International Women’s Day by launching its Target 50 initiative. Target 50 will bring 50 additional female apprentices or technical trainees into construction-related roles across the country this year. The initiative forms part of Persimmon’s 50th anniversary celebrations and supports its commitment to becoming Britain’s leading homebuilder, with quality and customer service at its heart.

For more information about Target 50 or Persimmon Homes careers and training, visit http://www.persimmonhomes.com/target-50

WiC working together with Hill

Women into Construction and house builder Hill have been working together to give women one to one advice and guidance, training and work placements. Watch the video below.

WiC Cambridgeshire - Working with Hill from Women into Construction on Vimeo.

International Women's Day with St Modwen


This International Women’s Day St. Modwen are encouraging more women into the home building sector by raising the profile of inspirational women that make a difference every day in the workplace. In this podcast, Rachel Doherty – Recruitment Advisor at St. Modwen Homes, shares her experiences on why women should consider a career in home building.

Bellway celebrates International Women's Day

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Bellway Homes is supporting International Women's Day and has so far raised money for Smart Works, a fantastic charity providing interview clothes and interview training to women in need.

The home builder has also launched a bespoke diversity & Inclusion e-learning module focussing on key themes arising from its 'banter in the workplace' focus groups. They are also launching its very first colleague network called 'Balance' aimed at championing gender equality in the workplace.

St Modwen's Female Perspectives

Four senior leaders from St Modwen Homes have shared their experiences, thoughts and observations on gender equality in the workplace. We know we need to encourage more women into home building and raise the profile of inspirational women that make a difference every day.

St Modwen launches D&I working group


St Modwen Homes created a Diversity and Inclusion working group to help achieve its ambition of becoming a more inclusive business. We speak to two members Sezar and Jenna on what they want to achieve at St Modwen and in the Home Building Industry. Read their views here.

Women into Construction: Remote mentoring

Anisha Bahia - Bellway, Midlands

HBF has been working with Women into Construction to promote its Remote Mentoring programme. The programme helps potential employees seek mentoring support from those already working in home building. Read Aisha and Anisha's experience here.

L&Q 'Choose to Challenge' gender stereotypes


Inspiring women from across L&Q have spoken out to share their experiences in male-dominated departments, asInternational Women’s Day organisers urge us all to ‘choose to challenge’ gender stereotypes. Find out more here.

Avant Homes: Gender is no barrier


To mark International Women’s Day and to celebrate women working at Avant Homes, employees from across all levels of the home builder came together to share their proudest moments, challenges and hopes for the future.

Click here to find out more.

Vistry East Midlands employees raise a hand to mark IWD


Employees at Vistry East Midlands have shown their support for a global campaign aimed at calling out gender bias and inequality. Staff at the housebuilder’s divisional office in Peterborough posted photos of themselves raising a hand for the 'Choose To Challenge' campaign taking place as part of International Women’s Day. Find out more here.

Hannah - Barratt Developments


"I've built great working relationships with those on site and i'm constantly developing my practical skills". Find out why Hannah decided an apprenticeship in the home building industry was right for her here. 

Charlotte - Fairgrove Homes


"I enjoy meeting visitors on site the most because it’s a sociable part of the job and you get to understand what people do and don’t like about the properties." Read Charlotte's story on why an apprenticeship was right for her here.

Lauren - McCarthy Stone


McCarthy Stone has over 100 apprentices on programmes in its Construction, Commercial, Development teams, support functions and within our services business. Read an interview with Commercial Administrator, Lauren Smith on her experience as one of the first graduates from McCarthyStone's surveying pathway, here.

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