Lee Valley Ice Centre helping to tackle construction’s gender imbalance

March 2022

Working in construction is not just for men. More and more women are picking up a hammer and breaking down barriers. Yet, women remain hugely underrepresented in the sector, making up only 14% according to Go Construct research.

Nne, from Hackney and only ten minutes away from Lee Valley Ice Centre, recently graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Architecture. Shortly after, she joined Women into Construction, an independent not-for-profit organisation working to change the face of construction and create a more diverse workforce.

We caught up with Nne to find out about her work experience and what she enjoyed about it. 

“Growing up in Hackney, I used to visit Lee Valley Ice Centre when I was young, so it’s been incredibly exciting to get an insight into the development of the new centre.

“Having studied architecture at university, I’ve always been really interested in construction and development but had never had the opportunity to work on a construction site. My two weeks at Lee Valley Ice Centre have really exceeded my expectations. From my very first day the team got me involved in a range of different tasks. From shadowing the design team and sitting in on client meetings where we discussed landscaping ideas, to monitoring the site progress and reviewing construction works, I learnt about the ins and outs of the project from the very best people.

“To anyone who is interested in construction, I couldn’t recommend it enough. I am really grateful to Women into Construction for making this experience possible and am excited about my next steps in construction.”

Nne Owuasu during her work experience at Lee Valley Ice Centre.

With the construction industry already suffering huge skills shortages, we’re pleased to be playing a part in encouraging women into the sector.

Established in 2012, Women into Construction is making active strides in normalising the position of women in the construction industry. Through providing personalised advice and guidance, training and access to work placements schemes, the charity is providing women with a better understanding of career options in the industry. 

During their time, the charity has inspired thousands of women to pursue careers in the construction industry, putting hundreds of women into work placements, apprenticeships and jobs across London.

We’re looking to get more people involved in our work experience programmes. As part of this, our construction company, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, will be hosting a monthly employment workshop. The next one will take place on Tuesday 1 March from 2pm to 4pm. Please email buckinghamgroup@acornpeople.com if you would like to find out more about the employment opportunities available on site.

Over the construction period, members of the public can get their questions answered by emailing us at LVIC@communitycomms.co.uk or calling our 24/7 construction hotline 0800 093 1716.