Mears Tradeswomen into Maintenance Project
At Mears we are leading the way in recruiting more women into trades to build a diverse workforce.
Only 1% of trade operatives are female and we are determined to encourage more women to join Mears and others in the Social Housing Building Maintenance sector.
The Tradeswomen into Maintenance project aims to increase the awareness of trade employment and training opportunities for female trade apprentices and operatives in the social housing building maintenance sector.
The project intends to increase the inclusion of targeted recruitment and selection in the procurement of social housing; increase the number of females working in trades and crafts in social housing maintenance by providing signposting, toolkits and best practice guidance and to identify to employers how they can best retain women in this non-traditional area of work, once they have been recruited.
Best Practice Guide
Making social housing landlords and maintenance companies open and welcoming to tradeswomen
This Best Practice Guide shares a number of case studies from organisations who run initiatives on how to best recruit and retain women in trades along with providing practical training tips for the current workforce.
Signposting for girls and women wanting to work on the manual trades in the Social Housing Maintenance sector
The Resource Directory provides signposting for careers information highlighting links between the Maintenance sector and schools, colleges and youth groups; as well as signposting for women who are currently unemployed or in low-skilled unstable employment to accredited training and sustainable roles within the sector.
Guidance and templates for the procurement of social housing contracts
Maximising the recruitment and retention of tradeswomen
The Legal Guidance includes clauses drafted for social housing procurers to include in tender documents to encourage tenderers to focus on how they can encourage more tradeswomen into the sector. Andrew Millross, Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors and Steering Group Member, has kindly created the publication.
Original research on tradeswomen in the Social Housing Building Maintenance sector.
Online Schools Toolkit
Mears Group combine education with Trades employment, resulting in effective learning and careers information.
Our specially designed school workshops will introduce children to the world of work in Social Housing Building Maintenance and give them the opportunity to participate in Trade inspired activities.
Our Tradeswomen Ambassadors excel at delivering workshops designed to engage learners at key stage 2, 3 and 4. We ensure all content is relevant to each key stage covering areas of the curriculum in English, Mathematics, Design Technology, Science and Art and Design.