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Initiative launched to get women to the top in construction

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Balfour Beatty is teaming up with industry best practice body Constructing Excellence to create an initiative to get more women in construction to director level and beyond.

The initiative will aim to create a blueprint for firms to help them retain women engineers into their 30s and 40s and return them to work after career breaks.

Balfour Beatty major projects director Steve Tarr said a taskforce would be set up to “drive the agenda forward” and “create a blueprint” for firms across the sector.

Tarr said it was time the industry worked together on the issue and urged companies not to see it as an area in which they could and should compete.

“This is not a Balfour Beatty issue; this is an industry issue,” he said. “We should not see ourselves as competing with Costain, or anyone else in our industry. We are competing with banking, accountancy and other professions.”

Tarr was speaking at a specially convened senior industry leaders breakfast event in London, organised by Constructing Excellence and supported by Balfour Beatty, consultant Advance and contractor Blu-3.

Advance chairman Norman Kerfoot stressed that this initiative would not be “another talking shop”.

“Constructing Excellence will lead this initiative as not so much a working party but more as a delivery party,” he said.

Blu-3 business development director Simon Flint added the brief was clear: “This is about getting 30-something women engineers and turning them into 40-something CEOs,” he said. 

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  • There's already a blueprint - the WISE 10 steps, has this already been implemented with unsatisfactory results? We don't need more people to come up with more initiatives - just for companies to implement the best practice already established.

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