ERIC Number: ED391090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Balancing the Building Team: Gender Issues in the Building Professions. Report 284.
Court, Gill; Moralee, Janet
The following activities were conducted to identify strategies for improving the representation of women in professional, managerial, and technical occupations in the United Kingdom's building industry: literature review; mail questionnaire to which 468 (63.8%) of the 733 women contacted responded; group discussions with 32 women employed in the building industry, career advisers, building educators, and employers; and telephone interviews with seven key industry figures. The findings were synthesized into a plan calling for the following actions: promote public awareness of the role of women in building; support educational initiatives in building; promote general school/college liaison activities; offer work placements/work shadowing for girls/young women and teachers/career advisers; improve parents', teachers', and career advisers' knowledge of careers in building; make the business case for equal opportunities in the building industry; ensure that the principle of equal opportunity is followed in recruitment activities; help older women enter professional careers in building; train women in the skills needed to deal with difficult people; counter the negative image of women-only events; ensure that building employers take equal opportunities seriously; and help women combine work and family life. (Contains 29 tables/figures and 174 references. Appended are the following: study methodology, questionnaire, and 14 additional tables/figures.) (MN)
Descriptors: Building Trades, Career Choice, Career Development, Change Strategies, Employed Women, Employment Level, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Foreign Countries, Gender Issues, Individual Characteristics, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Nontraditional Occupations, Promotion (Occupational), Questionnaires, Recruitment, Secondary Education, Sex Fairness, Tables (Data), Vocational Education
BEBC Distribution, 15 Albion Close, Parkstone, Poole BH12 3LL, England, United Kingdom (40 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Environment Dept., London (England).; Chartered Inst. of Building, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.
Identifiers: United Kingdom