As part of our work to improve lives, communities and society, we have therefore been delighted to support the “Tradeswomen into Maintenance Project” through writing a free “Legal Guide” for social landlords, ALMOs and local authorities that want to address this imbalance through their procurement and contracting processes.

The “Legal Guide” explains relevant equality and procurement legislation (including the “Social Value Act”) and sets out the steps clients can take to promote the creation of opportunities for women to take up and thrive in maintenance careers. It includes template clauses for each stage of the procurement and contracting process. These are “open access” for copyright purposes, meaning that they can be freely copied and used. A copy of the legal guide can be found here. This Legal Guide is one of a number of good practice guides which aim to support landlords and other businesses working in the social housing and public sector to increase the number of women working in construction trades. The other guides include:

  • Best Practice Guide – explaining how to make social housing landlords and maintenance companies open to tradeswomen and containing a multitude of best practice case studies; and
  • Resource Directory – signposting for girls and women wanting to work on the manual trades in the social housing maintenance sector

These can be downloaded from Mears website.


[1] CITB figures for 2016

For more information

Please contact Andrew Millross.

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