#BreakTheBias is the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day today. And when it comes to the workplace, few need challenging as much as the construction industry.
Just 15% of the UK’s construction workers are women and the percentage is even lower at senior management level.
Against the odds then, Sue McGreevy has pursued a successful career in the sector. Breaking down barriers and challenging industry norms as Managing Director of local housebuilder, The Park Lane Group.
The company, which is currently based in St. Leonards, plans to relocate to Eastbourne bringing investment to the town as it continues to grow. Operating throughout East Sussex and into Kent, The Park Lane Group builds, sells and lets high quality new homes, managing every aspect of its operations in-house. As a result, Sue is involved in such areas as land acquisition, planning, construction, sales, and lettings.
“It’s a hugely varied role and it can be a challenging one at times” comments Sue, “but I’m proud to lead a great team of men and women. People may have certain prejudices, but if you work hard and deliver results that’s a pretty effective way of challenging them.”
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New Homes Coming Soon
Here in Eastbourne, The Park Lane Group have recently completed several small developments near Langney Shopping Centre, and they are about to launch their latest collection of 2 and 3 bedroom homes named Wateringbury Way, just off Swanley Close.
Details coming soon to parklanegroup.net, on Instagram @theparklanegroup and Rightmove.
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Building a Career in Construction
As well as gender inequality, the sector also faces an acute skills shortage. According to Sue, “We’re pleased to be working on a local labour agreement to encourage people to follow a career in construction.
“As part of this, our Construction Director Steve Foord, took time out recently to talk with Year 11 students at St. Catherine’s College and Ratton School. It’s great for us to be able to provide information on careers in construction and the different routes students can take. It’s also especially important for girls. Addressing the low number of women in the sector needs to start at school age to ensure girls feel that a career in this sector is feasible and appealing.
“We were also pleased to be involved in a recent project by Culture Shift and East Sussex College Lewes. Gavin Gregory, our Commercial Director, mentored construction students by providing inspiration and technical guidance on their designs for the redevelopment of the Bedfordwell Pumphouse site.”
“We look forward to going into more schools and colleges throughout 2022-23 and helping to inspire, encourage and impart useful, practical information for young students locally.”
The Park Lane Group is currently recruiting and looking for people with experience to join their team, including Site Managers and a Construction Buyer. To find out more, contact them with your CV and background via email@example.com