believe housing has signed up to The Women’s Trade Network, an initiative founded by some of the most well-known organisations in housing and property to increase the representation of women in trade roles.
The multi-award-winning housing association will support the network in raising awareness of the variety of roles available to women in trade and encourage greater gender diversity across the industry.
Currently just two per cent of tradespeople in the UK are female, a statistic that has barely changed in 40 years. The trades can offer a hugely fulfilling career to women, yet there remains a gap in the number of women joining the profession. The Women’s Trade Network aims to highlight the opportunities available and provide training and support to women to help them embark on a career in trade.
Director of Property Repairs at believe housing, Rachel Cox, said: “At believe housing we currently have two females working in our trades teams. We are proud to support and sign the Women’s Trade Network Pledge; a commitment to supporting long-term change in the industry by helping to remove barriers, empower and support as well as increase access to the industry for women.
“Promoting diversity in our industry brings a multitude of benefits – it strengthens our approach in achieving a wider talent pool, incorporating a variety of skills and experiences and offers different perspectives and ideas, which assist in innovation and creativity.”
Open to any woman in the UK, irrespective of their age, background or experience, the Women’s Trade Network will provide two access routes for women in trade. The first will be open to women already qualified in a trade and looking for advice on training on starting a business, while the second will provide entry-level training to women without relevant qualifications.
Cem Savas, CEO of Plentific and co-founder of the Women’s Trade Network said: “The Women’s Trade Network is an important initiative to encourage women to consider a career in trade. With the backing of the wider industry, we will be able to make a big difference and we are delighted that believe housing has pledged its support; not just to the network, but to aspiring tradeswomen everywhere. Together, we will enact real change.”
Founded by Plentific, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Peabody, Notting Hill Genesis, L&Q, Places for People, Women’s Pioneer Housing and Direct Works, the Women’s Trade Network is on a mission is to increase the representation of women in trade roles. Supported by partners from across the industry, the Women’s Trade Network provides training, support and access to roles for women already qualified in a trade and to women entering the industry for the first time.
For further information about the Women’s Trade Network and to view the pledge, please visit their website .