Construction Industry Federation
#BuildingEquality
Be A Role Model,
Inspire

You are a Role Model

Share your story and inspire women and girls with an interest in construction.

Women make up just 6% of those working in construction in Ireland. Whether you realise it or not, you have the power to be an inspiring role model to women and girls in the industry. We want to share your inspiring stories to show women the importance of their role in construction.

Your story can help inspire women in the industry and women or girls considering a career in construction. More women in construction will lead to a more productive, diverse and efficient industry and this benefits us all.

Please feel free to pass this email on to others, men and women, who’s story can help inspire a more equal and diverse industry.

Help us in #BuildingEquality throughout 2018 by sharing your story in our website or simply share on social media, with a photo, a message or a video by using #BuildingEquality and downloading BuildingEquality logo here

Why you chose a career in construction?
How important/helpful have role models been to you throughout your career?
What we need to do to attract more women and girls into the industry?

Stories

Being a 5’3 female EHS specialist and arriving on site in my hard hat and Hi-Viz is certainly not the norm. I’m definitely a minority!

Read Full Story
Sorcha Flanagan, EHS Specialist with Wm. O’Brien Crane Hire

As I look forward to graduating in 2019, I am excited about my future in engineering.

Read Full Story
Roseanne Dizon, Student Engineer, Punch Consulting Engineers

Preconceptions never existed in my home. If you really wanted something you pursued it. It was that simple. I feel the construction industry has so much to offer anyone who enters it. It’s challenging, diverse, and rewarding

Read Full Story
Niamh Barry, Manager of Training & Development, Walls Construction

Today, women make up just 6% of the Irish construction industry. What I say to that is don’t wait for anyone’s permission to change the status quo. The opportunities are out there. For instance, at Eaton we’re committed to promoting career paths for women in engineering

Read Full Story
Phil Kane, Country Manager, Eaton Corporation

Its funny how I ended up studying the course. I went in to a presentation on Quantity Surveying at an open day in IT Sligo in my final year of secondary school by accident and the rest is history! I was hooked!

Read Full Story
Aisling Graham, Quantity Surveyor, Flynn Management & Contractors

The work can be challenging, but I delight in the sense of achievement that I feel when I pass by a project and I know I that have been a part of its creation and have contributed something positive to my surroundings.

Read Full Story
Louise O’Neill, Project Manager, John Sisk & Sons Ltd

There needs to be a greater awareness of what the industry entails and can offer young women that possess the skills, interest and potential to flourish.

Read Full Story
Gráinne Egan, Senior Project Manager, John Paul Construction

When I was young my Dad used to take me to work with him on a Saturday. He would give me two blocks on the ground and some mortar to play with and I used to smooth it over the block, I kept doing it over and over.

Read Full Story
Patricia Brouder, Patricia Brouder (Aherne) & Son Plastering Contractors

I’m lucky to work in a profession that I enjoy and love. I’m committed to help mentor and advice other women who have an interest in developing a career in this sector and plan to hold others accountable to doing the same.

Read Full Story
Edel Corrigan, Senior Health & Safety Manager, Flynn Management & Contractors

It isn’t easy being the first of anything, so we will always need that one brave enough to take the first plunge into the dark.

Read Full Story
Johanna Tynys, Product Manager – Electrical Tools & Accessories, Hilti Ireland

Today’s children are the future of this industry (and all industries) but it is the opinions and views of today’s adults that will further the bid to attain gender equality in the Construction Industry for the decades to come.

Read Full Story
Lorraine Power, Senior Project Surveyor, JJ Rhatigan & Company

The first place we need to start is with schools, this means more presentations, more discussions and more school visits for our female role models.

Read Full Story
Leeann Bryan, Business Development Coordinator, Duggan Brothers Ltd

Adjusting our definition of a candidate’s potential as well has how we evaluate her success will require gender-inclusive assessments.

Read Full Story
Marci Bonham, Managing Director, Hilti

Of course, there needs to be more apprenticeships and the government can always do more but there is a real onus on employers.

Read Full Story
Julie Currid, Co-Founder and COO, Initiafy

There is clear evidence that the best performing companies in the world have more women sitting at Board level.

Read Full Story
Tommy Drumm, Managing Director, Collen Construction

We need more early education for girls to provide a more positive guidance to show that the list of possibilities are endless in the construction industry.

Read Full Story
Sinéad Gorman, Project Design Supervisor, Ashview Consultants

We need to promote the role models that we have in the industry and keep this conversation going.

Read Full Story
Karen Muldowney, Business Development & Marketing Manager, Manley Construction

Attracting more women and girls is a matter of opening up and showcasing the exciting and varied opportunities we have in construction.

Read Full Story
Elizabeth Kavanagh, Stride Treglown

The #BuildingEquality campaign is essential to address misconceptions and encourage behaviour change. The industry isn’t just for boys – and it’s important to challenge perceptions

Read Full Story
Aoife Kelly, Digital Marketing Specialist, Hilti Ireland

A Project Director who pushed me from my architectural comfort zone into the world of Project Management saying on a €30 million EPCM project “take the lead you can project manage and you can do it!” I never looked back.

Read Full Story
Lorraine Brady, Design Manager, BAM Ireland

Seeing women succeed in these positions throughout the industry makes it easier for me, and other women to aspire to these positions ourselves.

Read Full Story
Sarah Kennedy, Business Development Manager, EIDA Solutions

STEM subjects can lead to great careers within the construction industry and inform them that there have been many successful females in the construction industry.

Read Full Story
Janice Galbraith, Account Manager – Steel & Metal, Hilti

I finished school at 16 and it took me a while to decide what I wanted to do. On my 18th birthday, I started my electrical apprenticeship.

Read Full Story
Michelle Kelly, EHS Co-Ordinator with Designer Group

My elder brother and younger sister are IT Engineers. I am the one (Civil Engineer) who has chosen the construction industry.

Read Full Story
Nisha Jahangir, Manley Construction Ltd

Having completed my Inter Cert (in the early 80s) I planned doing Engineering, more specifically Civil Engineering. I liked bridges. I even did Physics after school as it wasn’t an option in the all girls’ school I attended.

Read Full Story
Liz Carroll, HR Director, McGrattan & Kenny Ltd

I was very lucky to have an inspirational Physics teacher Mr. Maurice Manning in St. Conleths’ School who took an interest in encouraging me to study STEM subjects.

Read Full Story
Kathy O’Leary, Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Manager, BAM Ireland

After raising 5 children I returned to college to complete my course in Architectural Technology in Bolton Street.

Read Full Story
Bernadette Farrell, O’Connell Mahon Architects

When I started college in Sligo IT, there were four girls in the entire engineering department. Today that department is actually headed up by a woman.

Read Full Story
Jackie Corcoran, JJ Rhatigan & Company

We need to see a construction industry that is society friendly with work life balance better for all, both men and women, and whatever your background. So welcome diversity with open arms.

Read Full Story
Adrienne Bryan, Human Resources Manager, BAM Contractors Ltd,

From a young age I have always “doodled” houses, slowed down passing building sites & wanted to know how things worked. I knew that I wanted to go into engineering.

Read Full Story
Jillian O’Neill, Teicniuil Priory Consulting Engineering

I’ve always had an interest in buildings and was designing “developments” from a very young age! In school Technical Drawing was my favourite subject and my first step into the industry was in IT Tralee where I studied Construction Studies.

Read Full Story
Suzanne Keane, SK Design/Teicniuil Priory Consulting Engineers Ltd

Growing up I always had an interest in wood work and buildings/construction. I did wood work in school up until Junior Certificate cycle. While doing my Leaving Certificate I thought I wanted to do nursing but was overwhelmed when I realised this was not the career that I wanted.

Read Full Story
Aoife Gormally, Site Foreman, John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd

There’s no denying that Construction is a male-dominated industry however I believe that the few women that are involved in the industry make a real difference.

Read Full Story
Sonya Stuart, Human Resources Manager, Siac Construction Ltd

Shortly after arriving to New Zealand a massive earthquake took place and I worked for over 6 years repairing homes damaged by the earthquake sequence.

Read Full Story
Aoife Murphy, Senior Engineer, David Kelly Partnership Chartered Engineers

Apprenticeship are an under used method of training and development in Ireland.

Read Full Story
Laoise Maher, Project Management, KSN

We are designed to be jugglers, out of the box and quick thinkers and problem solvers. These are invaluable additions to any project.

Read Full Story
Daniela Creedon, Creedon Construction Ltd

My name is Pauline Yeo, and I am a Quantity Surveyor who has been working in the industry for over 25 years. My first job was with a local council in the UK, working on the seafront as part of the management team.

Read Full Story
Pauline Yeo, Quantity Surveyor, L&M Keating

I’ve worked for the company for the past four years. Prior to this I worked for more than 20 years in the manufacturing and service sectors. I can honestly say, while I have loved all of my previous roles.

Read Full Story
Kerry Power, Human Resources Manager, Suir Engineering Ltd

It’s not always the employer that needs convincing. We have much to do to persuade women that they are genuinely welcome on site.

Jen Kelly, Industrial Abseiler / Founder of Women in Trades Network Ireland (WITNI)

Often you hear that men are persuasive whereas women are pushy or men are smooth, but women are showing off; we get that kind of information all the time and it is up to us to stop it.

Louise Phelan, Vice-President PayPal

I would like to see an increase in female participation within the construction industry. I think having more women involved in this sector will help change the industry for the better. Women make great leaders, and we are all equal in this business

Tara Flynn, Chairperson, CIF Galway Branch / Director Paul Flynn Construction

We need more women participating in construction and those who are already involved we need to see them progressing into more senior roles within the industry. We want to get the message out there that the construction industry is not just for men.

Jean Winters, Director, Industrial Relations, CIF

We need to work more closely with the education system to ensure that female students know that they are welcome in our industry and that they can build fantastic and fulfilling careers here.

Dominic Doheny, President, CIF

Construction is one of the universal languages of global commerce and if you’re trained in Ireland, you are likely to be able to secure work around the world. The CIF’s #BuildingEquality Campaign will challenge the misconception that construction only provides careers for men.

Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF

Video Stories

#BuildingEquality with the younger generation featuring Carole Smillie

Close Video

#BuildingEquality on September 21st 2018 in Eaton HQ, Dublin

Close Video

Sharing her story - Joanne Bradley

Close Video

Sharing her story - Sara Phillips

Close Video

Sharing her story - Larissa Tardelli

Close Video

Sharing her story - Louise Martin

Close Video

Sharing her story - Lisa Roche

Close Video

CIF #BuildingEquality on International Womens' Day 2018

Close Video

Gallery


Adobe Flash Player is required to play this album.

Adobe Flash Player is required to play this album.

Adobe Flash Player is required to play this album.

The CIF’s #LottieTour

As part of the #BuildingEquality 2018 campaign, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has joined forces with #LottieDolls to challenge traditional perceptions of the industry as being ‘just for the boys’ and encourage more girls to consider construction.  In the run up to International Women’s Day on March 8th and throughout 2018, a number of CIF member companies will feature in Lottie’s #LottieTour as she visits some of Ireland’s greatest construction projects.

About Us

The Construction Industry Federation established the Building Equality Working Group in late 2017.
This group’s key priority is to promote equality of opportunity in the industry and to position construction as a viable and attractive career option for all groups from an early age.

According to the CSO Labour Force Survey for Quarter 1 2018, of the 137,300 persons currently employed in the Irish construction industry just 8,200 (6%) are women. And yet, the Construction Industry requires over 112,000 additional workers to deliver on the population’s housing needs, the economy’s infrastructure and specialist buildings underpinning FDI.

As an industry leader, the CIF is committed to dispelling the perceptions that our industry is male-orientated and does not present the same opportunities to all and addressing barriers where they exist.

The 2018 #BuildingEquality campaign seeks to change engrained perceptions of the construction industry and promote equality of opportunity for all.

Sponsors

CPASLogo
Collen