This Women in Construction Week (Tuesday 6-12 March), assistant site manager Emily Langston is encouraging more women to enter the housebuilding industry. The 24-year-old Vistry Group
employee, from Evesham, is keen to shine a light on the vast number of roles that are available to women in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field. “To any woman considering a career in construction, I’d say go for it”, said Emily. “There’s a whole industry waiting with a scope of opportunities, from roles in land and planning to technical ?" there’s nothing stopping anyone from achieving their dreams.” Emily joined Vistry - which includes Bovis Homes
, Linden Homes and Vistry Partnerships - in November last year. She is currently based at Vistry’s dual-branded Oaklands development in Hardwicke, Gloucestershire, where she works at both the Bovis Homes and Linden Homes sites. “Although it’s a male-dominated environment, I’m never treated differently on site for being a woman. My team always show me respect, listen to what I have to say and value my opinions. “As I grew up on a farm, working in this kind of environment comes naturally to me ?" I’m definitely not afraid to be the only woman in the room!” Prior to joining Vistry, Emily spent five years at a different housebuilder where she started her career on a two-year trainee assistant site manager scheme before progressing to assistant site manager. She said: “I wanted a change and was keen to gain experience working for a new housebuilder, and get the experience of working at new sites under my belt.” After finishing school, Emily decided against going to university and instead completed an events and business management course at college. “I knew university wasn’t for me, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do, so I ended up applying for a whole mix of jobs. I do, however, come from a farming background and love being outdoors, so I knew I didn’t want to be stuck in an office all day long.” Emily, who also enjoys being outdoors in her spare time, either to play golf or go hiking, added: “I had no experience of working in construction, but ever since I secured the trainee site management position, I haven’t looked back.” Although she’s only been with the company for a few months, Emily already has high hopes of climbing the career ladder at Vistry. She said: “I really value the level of support and guidance I receive from my team. The company supports progression and that’s so important to me. The next step up is site manager and after that, area build manager - I want to get all the way to the top and I definitely feel as though I’m at the right company to achieve that. “I get involved with all sorts on site, like ordering materials and monitoring health and safety regulations. What I love most about the job is seeing the daily progress of each house being built ?" and how much I get to be outdoors!” Bovis Homes and Linden Homes are building a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes at Oaklands, off Harrier Way.