Land & Water Group supports International Women

LAND & WATER GROUP SUPPORTS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019

International Women's Day

Award-winning civil and environmental engineering company, Land & Water Group, is proud to support International Women’s Day 2019 and the #BalanceforBetter Campaign. As an industry leader, renowned for innovation and a forward thinking approach the company is continuing to lead the industry by providing an environment in which all staff can succeed. This includes employing 31 women in various roles across the business.

It is no secret that the construction industry is renowned for its low percentage of female workers. In fact, the latest research from the ONS highlighted that of the 2.3 million people working in the construction industry in 2016 only 13% of the workforce (296,000 individuals) were women1.

Jayne Hornsby, Head of Estimating and Business Development, at Land & Water Group explains why the business is passionate about tackling the disproportionate employment figures in the industry: “I truly believe that we are at a turning point in the history of gender equality and as a values led, community focussed business it is vital that we actively engage with the issues affecting the communities in which we live and work. The #BalanceforBetter campaign is vital on both a societal and boardroom level with many businesses waking up to the idea that gender balance is vital in every aspect of our lives from work, to the media and beyond. Our businesses should be representative of the society and shared goals that we are working for and therefore reflect the individuals that make it up.”

“This is why as a business we are extremely proud to have numerous talented women shaping and driving the Land & Water Group forward as well as fostering the next generation of talent through our apprenticeship programme.”

From its General Managers, Business Development team and Divisional Business Managers through to Contracts Managers and Environmental Scientists, women are fundamental to the continued success of Land & Water. In fact, female employees make up 50% of the senior services team. A diverse leadership team leads to greater diversity of thought which in turn improves problem-solving and allows the business to take a lead in the industry. Collaboration is a key factor contributing to the company’s success.

Not only this, but Land & Water Group is dedicated to providing continuing opportunities to talented and driven women looking for a role in the construction industry. Junior Contracts Engineer, Hannah Burtenshaw joined the Land & Water Group apprenticeship scheme in November 2016. Since then she has worked across all aspects of civil engineering, growing in confidence and building her skill set. After studying a Level 3 NVQ in Construction, she is now undertaking a HNC in Construction at London Southbank University. This has led to her developing a vast understanding of the industry as a whole, allowing her to take the next step to become a fully qualified Junior Contracts Engineer within the company.

Speaking about her career Hannah said: “At Land & Water I have never even considered that I couldn't do something because I am a woman. I’m surrounded by role models who have carved out extremely successful careers and proved that women can do anything that their male counterparts can. It is an extremely empowering business atmosphere and I am proud to be part of it.”

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