14 March 2018
As part our commitment to the House Building Skills Pledge (HBSP), we are constantly working on actively championing diversity and inclusion. It’s increasingly important to recruit a more diverse workforce to assist in improving the skills gap facing the housebuilding industry and ensure breadth of thinking; which in turn will help the sector be recognised for being inclusive and progressive.
For us, diversity and inclusion is essential to ensure we have the best workforce, with a varied skill set allowing us to perform to the highest standard. Throughout all areas of St. Modwen Homes we have women working within a variety of positions. Our new Head of Sales North and South are both females and are a great example of how we are constantly providing equal opportunities throughout the whole organisation. In fact, over the past 12 months the number of women within our operations workforce has increased from 3% to 8% and overall at St. Modwen Homes more than 33% of our staff are female.
Together with Burton and South Derbyshire College we’ve developed a College’s Student of the Year competition, designed to find the construction industry’s rising stars. Why wouldn’t we want the best talent working within our organisation? Jodie Allen and Katarzyna Cifci, two female construction students at the college have both gained apprenticeship roles with us through this scheme. We hope this inspires more women into an industry traditionally dominated by men. Alongside this we are also aiming to educate young girls about the potential career opportunities available to them through site safety visits, where Honor Goodsite helps to promote inclusivity.
The aim of this section of the pledge is to develop the housebuilding industry to be recognised for being inclusive and progressive. This is something we take very seriously, and are fully committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive working culture that actively values difference and recognises that people from different backgrounds and experiences can bring valuable insights to the workplace and enhance the way we work.
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