To promote safety and women in the UK construction industry, the Considerate Constructors Scheme has introduced a new female mascot.
The national organisation, established to improve the image of the industry, says Honor Goodsite will help raise awareness and inspire young children to consider a career in construction.
Alongside fellow mascot Ivor Goodsite, a site manager who was introduced by the scheme in 2003, structural engineer Honor will deliver important messages about children’s safety around construction sites and aims to challenge the misconception of the role, which is still underrepresented by women.
All scheme-registered sites, companies, suppliers and clients are eligible to hire Honor Goodsite for any community, school related, or other educational/charitable events.
Honor’s first outing was at London’s Victoria Station Upgrade project – a £700 million project transforming one of the capital’s busiest stations.
Considerate Constructors Scheme chief executive Edward Hardy said: “Honor has a hugely important role to improve the construction industry’s image with future generations.
“As a role model for promoting gender diversity and equality in construction, Honor will encourage schoolchildren to understand the wide range of careers available, while helping to change perceptions of the sector as male-orientated.”
Considerate Constructors Scheme director Caroline Barker added: “I am delighted that the industry now has a female mascot. As the first female engineer to be recruited at a leading construction organisation in the 1980s, I know first-hand how exciting an industry it is for everyone”.