An update on what we've been working on

Following the update we emailed you last month we'd like to thank you for your patience whilst we've been a little quiet on the ebulletin front, but assure you that the Summer has been a very busy time!

Women on the Tools’ trustees and its eight-strong group of advisors recently came together for a "Think In" about the organisation’s future. The meeting served to stimulate a renewed clarity of focus for the organisation, following our relaunch as primarily a campaign to ‘make women on the tools the norm, not the exception’.

We emerged from the Think In with one overarching aim; To increase awareness of the unsatisfactory position, and the huge potential of tradeswomen in the UK; and in order to help achieve this aim, it was decided that we should develop a "Quality Mark" for use by employers; to demonstrate a firm commitment to making tradeswomen the norm, not the exception in their organisations; and to guide them in their efforts to enhance their ability to successfully attract, recruit and retain tradeswomen.

Work on this mark has begun, and following some valuable input from an expert (made possible by generous funding from three of our advisors) as well as feedback from our main stakeholder groups, we are hoping to be able to share some initial thinking with you as the work progresses. So please watch this space!

Book now for our networking event on Thursday 27th October, 4-6pm in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester
Procure Plus are kindly hosting this event where Chief Executive Mike Brogan will lead a discussion on ways in which local tradeswomen could collaborate in order to increase the chances of securing work with Procure Plus.
Drinks and light refreshments will be provided and it’s free to come along. Please book your place in advance by emailing us at

The Guardian want tradeswomen to share their stories and photographs of being at work

This week's Guardian Careers feature highlighted the work of Women on the Tools to increase the visibility of women working in skilled trades; and to make tradeswomen the norm rather than the exception - and they want tradeswomen to contribute, between now and Wednesday 5th October.

"What is it like to work in skilled trades as a woman? What first attracted you to your job? And why do you think so few women work in manual trades? Whether you’re a female builder, mason or electrician – we want to you to share stories and pictures of your work."

Check out the feature and share your experiences and photos over at the Guardian website.

Women on the Tools networking event: Thursday 15th December, 5.30-7.30pm

Put the date in your diary for our seasonal social and networking event here at the Women on the Tools' offices near Old Street, London. With special guest speakers - further details to follow!

Tradeswomen: update your details so we can contact you with relevant opportunities

We are frequently contacted by members of the public looking for local tradeswomen. We email these enquiries onto you - tradeswomen who are members of our network - but we're reliant on our database being up-to-date to do so.
Please log in at our website and update your details if you haven't done so for a while. (NB if you signed up via our old Women and Manual Trades site your details will have transferred over but you will need to reset your password). Thanks!

Diary date! West Skills are holding their annual film night at 7pm on Friday 18th November, at Sheffield Hallam University - and women working in manual trades are cordially invited.

There will be drinks and nibbles beforehand, and the chance to hear all about the West Skills bursaries which were awarded earlier this year (which included 12 extra engineering bursaries sponsored via Sheffield Hallam University and industry, and 2 electrical bursaries sponsored by NICEIC).

An inspiring film will be shown - details TBC - so put the date in your diary and sign up to the West Skills enewsletter to be kept informed of further details and how to book a place!

Latest issue of Womanthology dedicated to women working in construction

Online magazine Womanthology's latest issue features contributions from women working in a variety of construction roles, all leading the way in their respective fields and showing that women are becoming a key part of the future of the construction industry.

"As the sector faces challenges in the UK post the vote for Brexit, including uncertainty about access to skilled labour, women become an ever more important part of the talent ecosystem" writes Editor Fiona Tatton, and we couldn't agree more!

Read the features at the Womanthology website; contributors include Stevenage-based carpenter Nicola Butcher (pictured above), Stopcocks' Mica May, and crane operator Casey Elsby.

Angela Steele wins at Constructing Excellence Awards

Tradeswoman, social entrepreneur and friend of Women on the Tools Angela Steele won the Highly Commended award for Achiever of the Year at the Constructing Excellence Awards this Summer.

Angela founded O-W-E CIC which provides an introduction to construction training and support to women who want to start a career in the industry.

Congratulations Angela!

Totally Thames celebrates The Ladies Bridge

Totally Thames are celebrating Waterloo Bridge, which was rebuilt by female bridge builders during the Second World War.

This weekend is the last chance to see "The Singing Bridge", an art piece created by Claudia Molitor which weaves you along Waterloo Bridge and its surrounding paths with musical accompaniment via a headset. 

In addition, "Light up the Ladies Bridge" includes live performances, film and large scale photographic projections on the National Theatre of the trail-blazing women who rebuilt the bridge.

Work opportunity - central London

Tindlemanor, the building in which Women on the Tools is based, near Old Street, is looking for tradeswomen to do some improvement works. These include:
  • the removal, supply and installation of seven basins to a number of bathrooms
  • the installation of a partitioned, partially glazed corridor
  • the installation of a partition wall with bi-folding doors.
If you are interested in quoting for any of this work then please email us at

Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI) course - free places at Barking & Dagenham College.

The new 10-day Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI) programme provides industry-recognised certification for those installing copper and fibre-optic cable. 

Training provider CNET are offering a limited number of free places on a course at Barking & Dagenham College, and are encouraging women to apply. An information and assessment session is being held on Monday 24th October from 10am - 2pm. Interested in going along? Contact Bob Noseda at CNET Training by emailing
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