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'Cultural change' needed to attract women, says Jay

A RADICAL OVERHAUL in the way construction does business is the key to drawing more women into the industry, according to leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women Baroness Jay.

In a message to construction minister Nick Raynsford, Baroness Jay claimed that construction was 'close to the bottom of the industrial league in its employment of women'.

She continued: 'The cultural changes that are needed to deliver a modern construction industry will change the way in which it operates and the way in which it values people. They will make construction a more attractive career for women.'

Her comments back the views of many that the presence of women on projects tends to increase co-operation by reducing the predominance of 'macho' behaviour. Anecdotal evidence has also suggested that women are more natural team players.

However, while Baroness Jay said she supported the CBPP initiative and its potential to encourage women into construction, she added that the Government was 'committed to equality in the workplace and to giving everyone, women and men, the opportunity to use their skills'.

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