RICS calls for more females in property

first_imgRICS is looking for young women. It’s better than it sounds though,  their call is to female A-level talent to consider a career in the land, property and construction sectors, and help meet increasing demand for a more diverse workforce and profession, whilst bridging the skills gap.The facts are hard to deny, says RICS – “Less than a quarter of our student membership is female and we’re facing the worst skills epidemic in decades. It’s time our industry pulled together to help combat the common myth that our industry is just for men.”Lynn Robinson, RICS Regional Director, said, “Unfortunately women only account for just 24% of our student membership. This is a great shame, as there are equal opportunities for women in the industry. But we do recognise that one of the biggest obstacles in attracting more talent from under-represented groups is the influencers, such as teachers, parents and careers advisors who are not aware of the vast range of surveying careers available for all.It’s time our industry pulled together to help combat the common myth that our industry is just for men.”“With this in mind – along with the need to alleviate the skills epidemic – we’re taking steps to raise awareness of the surveying profession amongst young people and its appeal for both sexes. We are about to launch our Inspire 2020 programme, which will involve going into schools and talking to children aged 13-15 about the roles and opportunities available for all in the industry.”Inspirational femalesNatasha Tyler MRICS, Associate Building Surveyor at Powell Williams LLP in London, won the Building Surveying category at last year’s RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Award for her achievements in project managing a number of significant built projects, and her dedication for utilising the latest technologies including drones.Natasha said: “I’ve been in the industry now for six years and it doesn’t bother me that it’s predominantly male orientated as it hasn’t held me back from grasping opportunities and progressing up the ranks.“But the industry would certainly benefit from more women as we know that a strong gender balance in the workplace makes better business sense. We are also facing our worst construction skills crisis in 20 years, so we really do need to get away from the common myth that surveyors all wear hard hats and work on building sites. The property industry – particularly the construction sector – is changing and relies less on physical strength and more on knowledge and relevant work experience, so there really is a vast range of opportunities for all – it’s not just for the boys.”Showcasing our industryRICS is currently working with vloggers to showcase how an interest in technology, fashion or retail can lead to such a career in surveying.Lynn added, “The increasing use of technology, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), drones, virtual reality and augmented reality, is changing the skill set necessary for many roles in the property industry. This is helping to attract a more diverse range of professionals to the sectors. However, more needs to be done. We need to ensure that an industry that is shaping the world around us is not being decided by one group of people.”lynn robinson lynn robinson rics Royal Insitute of Chartered Surveyors natasha tyler powell williams natashay tyler RICS rics female surveyors female property professionals female surveyors August 21, 2017Sheila ManchesterWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » RICS calls for more females in property previous nextAssociations & BodiesRICS calls for more females in propertyWe’re facing the worst skills epidemic in years, says Lynn Robinson, RICS Regional Director.Sheila Manchester21st August 201701,204 Viewslast_img read more

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