Equality of opportunity for everyone is essential for businesses to thrive. For 2019 International Woman’s Day, Victoria Taylor shares what #balanceforbetter means to her.
How long have you been in your current role?
I have been with Wates for almost 3 years. I got promoted to Section Manager about 10 months ago after being a Production Management Trainee for 2 years.
What brought you to Wates?
Once I had decided that I fancied a career change, I started researching different construction companies to see which would be the best fit. Wates offered a structured and varied trainee scheme which particularly appealed to me as I had little experience in construction. It offered a safe environment whilst I was still learning how to work on a construction site, but at the same time giving enough space to discover what kind of manager I would be. Wates’ diverse job portfolio also showed that there would be always be something different to work on to keep me interested.
What advice would you give to women entering the industry?
Do it! I honestly cannot recommend the construction industry enough. It is exciting, varied and challenging, you will never have a boring day. Enjoy it!
Who are your role models?
Emma Watson. Successful actress, model, student at both Oxford and Brown, and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She promotes that to be a successful, independent woman, you do not need to lose your femininity. Her version of feminism is about the freedom, liberation and equality for both men and women to be themselves.
Tell us something unusual about you
I was the treasurer of Leeds University Punk Society, and once stood for local election.
What changes would you like to see in 100 years time?
In 100 years I hope that construction is more inclusive, not just for women, but for all. Having a more varied workforce can only improve construction. People from different backgrounds, with different experiences, will contribute different ideas and different ways of working, meaning construction itself will diversify, become safer and stay interesting.