On Saturday 14th July Plant Hire specialists, The Hawk Group, put on a careers event aimed at getting more women into the construction industry, particularly focussing on construction plant operating. The event took place at Hawks training centre in Sandford near Whitchurch, Shropshire, West Midlands.

On the day the ladies experienced driving machinery first hand at Hawks training facility, including operating Dumptrucks, tractors, telehandlers, excavators and a state of the art machinery simulator. They had the opportunity to talk to trainers, and a range of experienced professionals from the industry.

This was the third Women in construction event Hawk have staged and most attendees are now beginning the process of starting their training programme to become fully qualified CPCS machine operators and begin their new careers with The Hawk Group.

“It was lovely to meet you and some of the team at the lady’s day on Saturday. It is so good to see a company promoting women in what is such a male dominated job. It gave me the opportunity to try operating the different types of machines and I enjoyed it very much, I look forward to starting my training and progressing my career with Hawk.”

“With the volume of infrastructure schemes starting during 2019 and 2020 there is a significant need for new plant operators to enter the sector,” says Paul Allman, Group Board Director at Hawk Group. “We feel this provides a huge opportunity to develop a more diverse workforce and to encourage more women and ethnic minorities to enter the sector. This is our third Women in Construction day and the feedback from the people who attended has been fantastic. We have some great stories from women who are already operating plant and machinery on our projects throughout the UK and we hope to use this event as an opportunity for more women to consider the plant sector as a worthwhile career choice.”