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Aggregate Industries holds annual Women in Construction event

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Aggregate Industries has hosted its annual Women in Construction networking and personal development conference, with the aim of leading the march in helping to drive greater diversity and gender equality in the construction industry.

Held on 24 October at Loughborough University, the one day event saw more than 60 female employees from within the business come together to share experiences and best practice, with the goal of enabling career development.

The event was delivered by personal brand expert and author Jennifer Holloway, and its overarching purpose was to help attendees better understand the importance of personal brand. Key areas covered included making a good first impression and confidence building, along with separate career coaching activities and networking breakouts.

“Personal branding concerns defining the best version of who you are and shining a spotlight on what you bring to the table that others don’t,” said Holloway. “”It then becomes about sharing that with others so they understand and appreciate the benefits you bring. In that way, anyone with something to offer – of any gender – can be matched with the opportunities within the business and diversity can flourish.”

The event forms part of the business’ wider Diversity and Inclusion strategy, led by Taskforce, which employs a number of tactics and initiatives designed to ensure equal opportunity for all within the business.

“As a progressive, future-focused company, this event is part of a suite of initiatives designed to unite women working in our business, giving an opportunity to learn from one another and feel empowered as they move forward in their careers,” said Guy Edwards, CEO of Aggregate Industries UK.

“Despite the huge progress that has been made in recent years, being a woman in our still inherently male-dominated industry can sometimes be a challenge,” said James Roberts, HR Director at Aggregate Industries. “Some female workers at Aggregate Industries, for example, may be the only woman in their team, so events like this offer a unique platform for them to talk to someone they can relate to and share experiences and learnings. It was a fantastic day that was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we look forward to planning another event next year.”

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