10 August 2017: Cracking the glass ceiling

It may be 2017 but we still have a long way to go in regards to gender equality. There are many male-dominated roles in the workplace, however, there is a subtle revolution taking place and inspirational women are overcoming challenges every day.

We are keen to attract and keep more women in our teams, especially in careers like engineering, where women are still under-represented. We care passionately about our people and regularly invest in our staff as they are our most valuable resource.

Hollie Markham is one member of staff who is at the beginning of a career within a mainly male dominated field, in our National Housing Prime contract. Hollie joined us seven years ago on a temporary contract before taking on a full-time role as an administrator at RAF Wyton. She then went on to help set up a new department within the business where she enjoyed creating work processes and evaluating departmental progress in order to achieve a successful project.

Hollie said “Being part of the additional works team was a real eye-opener and it made me think more about the direction I’d like my career to take. A fellow colleague encouraged me to put myself forward to undertake a course in construction and I was delighted when it was approved.”

Supported by the business, Hollie embarked on an HNC course and attended college one day a week for two years. She learnt about site surveying, design principles and CAD and now has the skills needed to run a project using appropriate management skills whilst complying with health, safety and welfare regulations. Hollie graduates in September having been awarded an overall distinction, something she is immensely proud of.

I dropped out of sixth form before taking any A-levels so this is something I didn’t think I’d ever achieve. I’ve been promoted to Assistant Quantity Surveyor and been given my first ever project to run. There’s lots more ‘on the job’ training to be undertaken but I’m really looking forward to the challenge. Thank you to everyone that helped me along the way.”

Statistics in March showed that the percentage of senior business roles held by women in the UK has fallen from 21% in 2016 to just 19% in 2017. We’re committed to supporting our staff with professional training and development to help them to reach their career goals, especially those who feel they want to progress higher within the business.

Emma Whiteley, our HR Business Partner, is the third member of the HR team to have achieved the CIPD level 5 in HR Management qualification this year, after completing a 12 month course which involved attending college one day a week.

Emma said “I started the course when I was 5 months pregnant and continued to attend throughout my maternity leave. CarillionAmey were really supportive, allowing me time off for my studies and giving me great advice when completing my assessments.

The qualification has provided Emma with a deeper understanding of HR skills and functions and she’s looking forward to putting them into practice and progressing even further with her career.

She added “It’s always been a goal of mine to graduate and CarillionAmey has helped me to achieve it. I’m not stopping here though, I’m going on to complete the CIPD Advance Level 7 in HR Management which will give me a full masters qualification.”