What do each of these jobs have in common? They are the most strongly gender oriented sectors in Britain.
We also find that certain ethnic groups are more prominent in specific industries. But is this beneficial for the economic growth?
Skills shortages are threatening the long-term health of the construction industry.
Recruitment traditionally focused on the young men aged around 16-19, but this is suffering. In efforts to ease this shortage the aim to recruit more women, older men 19+ and the different ethnic groups, this has been of limited success.
Opening the way for a more mixed group has helped the increase of candidates in the construction industry. But, more could be done to bring in a more expansive group of people.
All you need is a passion for construction and you are half way there.
A question arises when you think of this situation; What is the key to increasing the interest? Diversity.
Diversity is needed.
What do you see when someone say’s diversity? Most people think of a mixed group of people. this is what the construction industry needs, more gender and ethnic diversity. But, why is diversity so important to any industry? Because each person brings strengths.
If we look at the Olympic games what do we see?
White Britain’s that excel at rowing and cycling, but when it comes to the 100-meter run 9/10 are of black majority e.g. Usain Bolt.
Britain’s top runner is from Kenyon decent.
So here we have a stereotype, that black people are better at the 100-meter run and the white at cycling and rowing.
Stereotyping is nine times out of ten correct and it hard to break, especially when it come to that one who is different.
It is normally fear that stops a person from going against the ‘norm’, the fear of being rejected is the main reason.
What is a stereotype? A stereotype is a set idea of the type of person or what something is like.
When coming to any gender and ethnicity, people tend to learn a specific skill that they can naturally be good at, this is a comfort zone that can be hard to break from.
When we reach out, and go against these views many do find it hard to get a level footing.
It is those who are not part of the ‘normal’ stereotypes that add to the diversity of any industry. When you see their work, you can see what they produce is of an high standard.
With this in mind we need to continue finding ways to recruit these divers individuals into construction, encourage them to be the role models of tomorrow.
When we throw the stereotyping out, remove racism and sexism, we will then have a united construction industry that promotes difference.