Russell Roof Tiles shows support for women in construction

PITCHED roof tile manufacturer Russell Roof Tiles (RRT) is demonstrating it is a ‘welcoming and flexible’ business in the run up to International Women’s Day on March 8.

Over the past five-years, the business has increased its female workforce by 57%. In total, women now make up 15% of the RRT workforce.

The firm’s finance director Araminta Chesters alongside Caroline Westwood, customer service supervisor, and Vicky Gibbs, purchase ledger, have all recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. The newest recruit is Aleks Calka, service & support administrator at RRT in Burton.

To support the uptake of women joining the team, the company revealed it has invested in additional facilities to ensure its sites are welcoming to all employees. Over the past two years, almost £35,000 has been spent on new dedicated facilities sites with separate showering, changing, and toilet facilities for women within the business. The company also provides flexible and part-time work.

MD Andrew Hayward explained, “We are committed to understanding the importance of ensuring that the firm is as accommodating and flexible as possible, to help people with young families and be able to work hours that suit their needs. Six of our team work part time, with a 9.30am – 2.30pm working day being an option for them.

“We understand we need to make the construction industry more appealing to women and want to encourage and support them to enter the industry. Which is why we’re so keen to have great facilities in place for them, alongside the whole team, and ensure that having a family, or requiring flexible hours, should not hold them back from joining our team.”