Recruitment firms working in male dominated industries can attract more women into these roles by showing a supported career progression, according to one recruitment agency.
One Way, the construction and rail recruitment specialist, have highlighted the need for recruiters in male dominated sectors to demonstrate a clearer career progression and provide necessary training.
The company has already been vocal about the need to address the gender imbalance in construction and has highlighted that a lack of training and structured promotion opportunities is putting top talent off a career in recruitment.
Emma Davis, Associate Director at One Way, is just one example of how she was deterred by a lack of career structure as a female recruiter.
She said, “When I began my career in construction recruitment I struggled as I didn’t have access to training that would not only help me perfect my hiring skills, but also my knowledge of the construction industry.”
‘When you add this to a lack of obvious career progression, it might come as no surprise that I was put off construction recruitment in general.”
Continuing Paul Payne, Managing Director of One Way added, “If firms want to increase diversity in their company they need to review their training and development opportunities to ensure they appeal to everyone.”
“Stories like Emma’s are quite common in recruitment, but for firms operating in male dominated industries, attracting some of the best female recruiters will only be made all the more difficult if they cannot demonstrate the potential to develop a career in their business and the support they will offer to help staff achieve this.”