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Featured Tradeswoman – Lauren Newman

Featured Tradeswoman – Lauren Newman

I have always been interested in electrics, it amazed me how an invisible force was able to make everything around me move, light up and function. My first experience with electrics was having to replace a socket front without my dad noticing. I had tripped over my...

Featured Tradeswomen – Vikki Cook

Featured Tradeswomen – Vikki Cook

I got into plumbing and heating around 2016 after years of running around with my dad on building sites in my spare time. Generally just being the person who does all the physical lifting and moving. I absolutely loved the feeling and the atmosphere of being on site....

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

How can better diversity and inclusion help the construction and maintenance industries improve the mental health of everyone in them?

Our industry hangs in the balance.

Our industry hangs in the balance.

What would a balanced industry even look like? In trades right now the proportion of women is around 6% where we’re well represented, such as in painting and decorating and around 1% in plumbing, with gas engineers and electricians far less - gas engineers around 500...

Featured Tradeswomen – Woman at Work

Featured Tradeswomen – Woman at Work

Julia - I started my own painting and decorating business in 2013, when my youngest child started school. I painted most rooms in our own house, and my husband, semi-jokingly said I should go and do it for someone else or else I would just do ours all over again!So I...

Featured Tradeswoman – Astrid Arnold

Featured Tradeswoman – Astrid Arnold

I am Astrid Arnold of TouchWood South West. I have been working as a carpenter for 20 years now. I trained at ‘Women’s Education in Building’ in London as a site carpenter and joiner. Unfortunately this amazing all women college for building trades no longer exists,...

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