Crossrail celebrates contribution of women
Posted by APM on 3rd Feb 2016
Crossrail is challenging perceptions and celebrating the contribution women are making to Europe’s largest construction project.
Rail Minister Claire Perry praised Crossrail’s efforts in attracting more women into engineering and urged the UK infrastructure industry to follow suit on future transport projects.
The minister highlighted the progress made by Crossrail as she joined education secretary Nicky Morgan, Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan, and leading women from the transport industry, for a special ‘Women delivering Crossrail’ event at the House of Commons last month.
Women make up nearly a third of the 10,000 people working on Crossrail, which is being delivered to a budget of £14.8bn and has recently reached a major milestone.
This is in stark contrast to the wider construction industry where just 11% of employees are women, including those in office-based roles, and only 6% of engineers are female.
“Crossrail has led the way in getting more women involved in building vital infrastructure, boosting female representation in the construction workforce and creating role models to inspire the next generation of engineers and construction workers,” said Rail Minister Claire Perry.
“The project continues to deliver huge economic benefits and create a trained construction workforce.
“With our investment projects like HS2, opportunities in construction for women will continue to grow, and I hope these build on Crossrail’s best practice.”
Crossrail has been ambitious in changing industry perceptions and making its workplace more welcoming for women.
The team has challenged the language used on site, connected Crossrail female role models with girls forming career plans, and carried out visits to schools and career events reaching over 36,000 pupils.
Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan said: “Crossrail has provided hundreds of young people with the opportunity to learn their trade on Europe’s largest infrastructure project, and will go on to build a fantastic career delivering the projects of the future.
“To deliver this unprecedented number of projects it is vital we increase the number of women in the industry.
"All of us, from teachers and parents to chief executives and industry leaders, need to do more to help women make the most of the exciting career opportunities on offer.”