Sir James notes that, “Twenty percent of working age adults have a disability and only nine percent people with disabilities make up the construction workforce.” construction is losing out to other sectors which may seem more inclusive and attractive to talented people with disabilities.
The article argues for the construction industry to change its image and to break out of old mindsets. Featuring stories of people with disabilities and celebrating their success within our industry is a good first step.
Sir James Wates CBE comments:
We at Wates have ambitious goals for creating a more diverse workforce that better reflects the society in which we work, and this includes tripling the number of people who declare a disability. We cannot make that kind of progress by thinking in old ways.”