Campaign: #100for100 | Wates

Campaign: #100for100

Celebrating our colleagues on International Women's DayAt Wates we are committed to the long term sustainability of our industry, and to encouraging equality of opportunity for everyone, regardless of gender, faith or background.

We believe our industry should be more representative of the communities it serves, and we, in turn, must play our part in promoting careers in the built environment for everyone and championing the role models we have in our own businesses.

Last year was a milestone year as it marked 100 years since women in the UK were given the right to vote as part of the Representation of the People’s Act. We used this centenary as an opportunity to profile many of our female colleagues, from various levels and in a variety of roles.

The Centenary may be over, but the journey to gender equality continues. We will continue to champion the talented women in our business and will use events such as International Women’s Day to continue to promote a better gender balance across our industry.

"There is so much opportunity for women in this industry; you just have to take it."

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"By creating an inclusive workforce, you enable everyone to work at their best and achieve their potential."

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“There are lots of varied roles and what’s great to see are so many operational roles being led by women.”

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"Balance for better means creating environments where by diversity and equality, whether in terms of race, gender or sexuality, actually improves our ...

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"To get the best out of anything you have to have balance. Businesses achieve more when they are more diverse and balanced."

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"Be yourself and be fearless. Cast out any prejudice that construction is an industry just for men."

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"There is so much opportunity in the construction industry, you just need to seize it."

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"Balance is good and being part of the transformation to a more gender balanced industry is important to me."

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"Balance for Better means more than a percentage or quotas. It should be about balance and opportunities throughout all stages of our careers."

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“If you work hard, perform at your best and speak up then you can achieve anything.”

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"A diverse and balanced workforce plays a positive role in building better leadership teams."

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"Be yourself! Develop and then demonstrate your expertise whenever possible"

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"The industry offers so many opportunities for everyone - that can help you find your true calling."

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"Now is the perfect time to get into construction, there is truly opportunity for everyone to reach their full potential."

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"They say that women have a finer eye for detail, this industry needs you!"

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"Try it! You never know the strengths and talents you will discover in yourself."

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"Don't be afraid to challenge people and processes where improvements can be made."

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"It doesn't matter about what your background or education is, there is something for everyone here."

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"The perception of gender has changed considerably since I started in the industry... It's fantastic."

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"Take that step, enter the industry with no preconceptions, work hard and your efforts will be recognised."

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"Don't let your gender be an issue and in my experience, no one else will either."

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"Be open to the roles within this industry - I would never have looked for a graphics role in construction."

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"You can do anything you want, the opportunities are there you just have to grab them."

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"Don't be apprehensive to work in a male-dominated industry. The number of women in the construction industry is on the rise."

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"Don't be afraid to use your voice and have your say. Gender should never be a barrier to advancing your career in the industry."

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"Don't take no for an answer. Believe anything is possible."

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"Be resilient, make things happen and don't sell yourself short."

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"Don't be afraid to stand out - not because you're a woman, but because you are great at what you do."

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"Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and take on new challenges."

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"Construction has endless opportunities available to people of all abilities and genders."

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"Construction is a great industry for anyone to be in regardless of gender. Don't let being a woman put you off."

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"I would love to see what the world will look like in 100 years time as more and more women forge a path"

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"The Construction Industry allows you to be who you want to be and learn about new technologies in our changing world."

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"There really is something for everyone and it is a great industry to work in!"

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"The support for women working in construction is a great step towards breaking industry stereotypes."

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"Do it! I cannot recommend the construction industry enough - you will never have a boring day."

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"There are so many different roles, there is 100% going to be something suited to you."

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"The way you see the world through female eyes is a massive asset to the construction industry."

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"There is a huge variety of roles in the construction industry compared to other sectors."

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"Our female trainees and apprentices will tell you - the construction industry is not just for males."

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"Be bold and recognise the value of your contribution."

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"I hope that my experiences motivate others considering a career in construction."

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"There are many options for ladies in the construction industry and i'm living proof of that."

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"There are so many different roles you can do. Right now there are great industry opportunities for women."

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"Be tenacious. If you want it, keep going, keep asking and make it happen."

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"Be you. Your uniqueness will bring a different angle to the business."

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"Women need to think bold when entering the construction industry"

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“Both genders bring different viewpoints and skill sets, and when we work together as a team, it can produce really successful results.”

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