Irish building firm commits to boosting opportunities for women

Irish building firm commits to boosting opportunities for women

LAING O’Rourke has said that at least 30 per cent of new recruits on its apprenticeship and cadet programme will be women by 2016.

The construction company also said that 40 per cent of undergraduate sponsorship opportunities would be offered to women by 2016.

Laing O’Rourke  made the commitment as part of the Your Life national campaign, which was launched by the Government in London this week.

The campaign is aimed at encouraging more young people into maths and science, and also greater participation by women and girls in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Anna Stewart, group chief executive with Laing O’Rourke said: “Opportunities abound in engineering and construction for women with the intellect and ambition to fulfil their potential and help drive our industry forward.”

She added: “The engineering and technology sectors need to be bold and innovative in attracting new talent from all walks of life.”

Laing O’Rourke, the largest privately owned construction company in Britain, was founded by Ray O’Rourke in 1978 — he remains the CEO.

Our annual construction magazine Building Britain will be published nationwide on May 21, free with The Irish Post, and includes a special feature on Ray O’Rourke.