This International Women's Day (8th March 2018), as the nation celebrates all of the influential and inspirational women all over the country, the housebuilding industry is taking an inward glance at the increasing number of women joining and thriving within the sector.
With previously held conceptions that housebuilding and construction is a male-dominated industry, leading housebuilder Linden Homes is continuing to celebrate the women it employs across its many business units and divisions, including Linden Homes South in Guildford.
With women being encouraged and supported to embark on roles in Land, Planning and on site, Linden Homes now boasts a workforce which is 35% female and continuing to grow.
Tom Nicholson, Division Chairman for Linden Homes, commented: "The belief that housebuilding is a male-focused industry is continuing to shift, and we are very pleased to be playing a part in making this happen. Our ongoing support of the National Women in Property Student Awards is a tribute to the pride we take in encouraging women into the field and we hope to see more and more women finding their feet with Linden Homes."
Jemima Marsh – Trainee Quantity Surveyor, Linden Homes South
Through Linden Homes' flexible Management Trainee Programme, Jemima Marsh (20) who is a trainee quantity surveyor has been able to find her feet in the sector and find out more about the career she wants to pursue.
After finishing her studies at Godalming College, where she secured three A-Levels, Jemima was unsure of her next move. As such, much to her surprise, she found herself in the construction industry when she was appointed as a Business Administration Apprentice in Linden Homes’ Customer Care team. Just a few months into this role confirmed that this was the industry for her, and one that she wanted to progress and excel within. From there, she decided that she wanted to join the Management Trainee Programme.
Jemima comments: "Within my role in customer care, I learnt a huge amount about the industry and the business. From liaising with the existing quantity surveying team as part of my customer care position, I discovered that the quantity surveyor job role really appealed to me and one that I wanted to gain experience in.
“The team was really supportive when I suggested joining the Trainee Programme and upon starting it was ensured I was visiting development sites and getting the right kind of exposure straight away. The Linden Homes team is one that you can feel confident you will progress within, and my colleagues have continued to do everything to ensure I am supported and receiving the best guidance."
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