Women in Construction

women in construction

Construction used to be a very male dominated industry, however the number of women in construction is growing fast! We’re seeing an increase in women taking on traditionally masculine roles such as that of Site Manager, Health and Safety Manager, Machine Operator and many more.

So ladies, why not book a course with the Diggerland Plant Training School and become one of the many women in construction.


The role of a Site Manager is to ensure construction projects are completed on time and within the budget. They work on the construction site as opposed to working in an office offsite, allowing them to oversee all operations. If you start off as a Junior Site Manager, you may take responsibility for part of a construction project. Whereas more Senior Site Managers will take responsibility for the entire project. 

Also referred to as Construction Managers, Project Managers or Site Agents, some of the tasks a Site Manager will be responsible for include;

  • Supervising construction workers
  • Selecting tools and materials
  • Preventing and solving problems
  • Maintaining quality control procedures

So, if you are someone who enjoys problem solving, decision making and can organise others. You may just have what it takes to join the women in construction as a Site Manager. Check out our Construction Site Safety Manager course here.


Put simply, a Health & Safety Manager ensures that working conditions on the construction site are safe and meet the legal requirements. It’s an extremely important role as it helps to ensure workers are not becoming harmed whilst carrying out their jobs.

Some of the key responsibilities of a Health & Safety Manager include;

  • Investigating accidents
  • Site inspections
  • Providing guidance to Site Managers
  • Establishing health and safety goals
  • Implementing any new health and safety legislation
  • Completing risk assessments for everything ranging from manual handling to fire prevention

Do you have great interpersonal skills, enjoy problem solving and have an excellent eye for detail? If yes, Health & Safety Manager could be the role for you. Make a start by taking a look at our Emergency First Aid at Work course.


Whilst the number of women in construction is growing, there still seems to be a lack of female machine operators. With the current skills shortage within the construction industry, it would be great to see more women taking on the role. 

Machine operators focus on operating and maintaining heavy machinery. There’s such a wide range of construction machinery being used within the industry, with the right training you could find yourself using different machines everyday. From mini excavators to telehandlers to rollers, no two days would be the same! So if you’re looking for a job with variety, why not give machine operating a go? 

Despite machine operation being a very male dominated role, there are women that have been fulfilling this role for years and proving women can do it just as well as men. Just like Aimee Pooley for example, who in this article talks about all the different types of jobs she’s been able to complete and how much she enjoys the variety of work available. There’s also Natasha Slater, who explains how she got into the industry and what it’s like working in a male dominated sector.


Feeling inspired to take on a new challenge? Book a course with us at Diggerland Plant Training School. We would love to see more women out on our sites gaining certifications.

We carry out a range of NPORS approved and accredited courses at our main training site in Kent, as well as at our sites in Devon, Durham and Yorkshire. Just some of these courses include:

Excavator 360 (N202)

Telescopic Handler (N010)

Forward Tipping Dumpers (N204)

If you have any questions or would like to book a space on one of our courses, email our team at: mail@digger.school. Alternatively, you can call us on: 01634 295335 to discuss our courses in more detail.

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