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Despite women being vastly underrepresented in the construction industry, some

are now breaking the mould and discovering the career benefits of working in the

building trade.



June 2015

Issue 37

The sky’s the limit for women

in construction

With less than one per cent of

women employed in manual

trades nationally*, the Scheme is

actively encouraging registered

sites, companies and suppliers

to support females interested in

embarking on construction careers.

Two women have done just this

and have been working on Mace’s

futuristic Vauxhall Sky Gardens and

Sky Building 2 projects – both

of which have been registered with

the Scheme.

Traffic Marshall Amber Nicholas, 25,

has been working on Sky Building

2, the high profile site in Isleworth

for five months through Mace

Logistics. Meanwhile, Doina Cusnir,

32, is a welfare/office cleaning

operative at Vauxhall Sky Gardens,

employed by Dhesi Logistics Plc.

Commenting on her busy

role monitoring traffic on site,

Amber said: “As a traffic marshall,

communication is the biggest

key; you need to have good vision

and be able to think on your feet,

thinking safely for yourself and the

people around you.

“You need to be able to follow

orders, as long as it is right and

safe. As a traffic marshall there are

positive sides, such as you get to

keep everyone on the site safe and

meet new people every day.

“The negative side of it for me is

in the winter, having to stand 10

hours a day in the freezing cold! If

you do not wrap up warm you can

develop frost bite!”

Amber, who lives in West Drayton,

continued: “My highlights would

be working with my teammates;

because of them my job is more

fun, despite having the challenges

of busy days and not so good


“I would definitely recommend

other women to go into the

construction industry because it is

a nice feeling to tell someone I was

part of this building project.”

Amber recalled that even in

childhood she couldn’t help herself

carrying out practical tasks around

Traffic Marshall Amber Nicholas