Topics covered during the lively two-hour discussion included:
Education/Training The skills shortage
- The poor image of construction generally and of merchanting specifically as a career option
- Lack of information about the merchant sector among young people generally and girls/young women specifically
- Lack of local opportunities for women to get involved in
- Growing demand within construction – merchants are enjoying a boom time – but skills gaps are being identified
- How do merchants recruit new employees? Do they make themselves attractive to women?
- How does working at a merchant fit in with women’s lifestyles, expectations, requirements etc.?
- What is it like for a woman working at a merchant? What have been the struggles, the successes and the stereotypes?
- Employment practices
- Culture change
- Physical working conditions
The BMF and BMN thank Ibstock Brick and MRA for their kind sponsorship of this event.
You can read full details about the round table in the June and July/August editions of Builders’ Merchants News. If you would like to get involved in the next BMN/BMF Women in Merchanting Round Table, please contact Elizabeth Eyre at email@example.com
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