9th October 2019
There is still an imbalance in the construction industry between male and female workers.
Our Stone Detailer, Yasmin, talks about her experience as a woman in the predominantly male environment of the stone industry:
“I always had the idea of stonemasonry in the back of my mind when I tried letter cutting in school.
I’m a very keen artist, I enjoy drawing, painting and creating clay sculptures so with this and the encouragement from my parents once I completed my Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Art and Design back in 2012 I then enrolled to begin a level 2 banker masonry course at Weymouth college.
After 1-year full time on the course my masonry skills were enough to be taken on as an apprentice Stonemason at Albion Stone. Since then I’ve gone on to win various competitions and I was also a national finalist in the UK Skill Build final 2016.
I can’t really say I’ve faced huge difficulties in this industry or at this company while working as a stonemason. I have always had huge support from my Apprentice Master and all the masons when working in the factory, if anything I received more help! Everyone accepted me as they would any other young apprentice starting out. I never felt like didn’t fit in.
I’ve always been that (tomboy) type. I love football and other sports, gaming etc. I think that’s helped me when working in the factory with the guys. I enjoy the banter between us all, you need to be able to have a laugh as well as respect each other.
Since moving to the drawing office within the company 4 years ago, as a stone detailer you deal with customers and other stone companies direct, since then I have experienced a more unequal approach towards myself. I do believe people are less inclined to listen to me, even something as simple as not replying to my emails because I’m a woman and because of my age! In this male dominated industry, it can be a struggle to be taken seriously, but I always receive great support from the guys I work with in the drawing office especially my mentor Steve!
I’m learning all the time and gaining confidence as I go, I am incredibly proud of myself for getting where I am today.
I would say my aspirations for the future are to gain as much knowledge of the trade as I can over the oncoming years, to progress and become a well-respected woman in the industry and within the company.”
We are an equal opportunities employer, we aim to encourage more females to join our industry. There are plenty of opportunities to grow and develop your skills from mining, masonry, contracts management, stone detailing in the drawing office, estimating and much more.