This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission
Equal opportunities for women is one of the main aspects that must be improved in society. The construction industry has traditionally been a male sector, a condition that has been justified, among other issues, by the harsh conditions of work.
However, the evolution of the sector towards greater mechanization makes it possible for men and women to access and execute the same professional tasks in equal rights and opportunities.
Nevertheless, the feminization of the construction industry encounters various difficulties:
-Intrinsic barriers: women do not see themselves as construction workers; there are no options for them or they are not able to do the work.
-Barriers to the labor market: there is the possibility that a job done by a woman is considered less professional by companies or clients.
-Barriers with their own colleagues.
On the other hand, new jobs have been created thanks to activities derived from energy efficiency or ‘green’ constructions that offer an encouraging horizon for specialized professionals, women and men.
In order to overcome the current barriers, Women can build project will promote the following activities and results:
-Moocs courses will be developed (Massive Open On line Courses) focused on gender sensitivity and manual for vocational training trainers in the construction sector.
-The “learning-by-doing” model with an immersive experience will be fostered, in which a group of women will carry out the construction, on a small scale, of a Nearly Null Energy Building (NNEB).
-Guides will be created for VET centres for the development of mentoring skills for women.
-An action plan will be defined, with a roadmap and support services for companies.
-A recognition system and a teletraining platform will be established.
Although it is not the first time that work is being done to integrate women into the construction industry and gender equality, normally in local areas, the Women can build project aims to be a case of good practices, with an impact on the European Union, which can be transferred to other countries and institutions.
Project duration: September 2017 to August 2020