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We need to change


Sir, The education secretary has allocated £20 million to train women builders to tackle the skills shortage ahead of the Olympics. This is all well and good but we need to think more laterally to win this battle in the longer term. It's a matter of retention as much as recruitment. We must embrace change and create an industry in which women are integrated and accepted.

The process must start early, educating young people about the career paths open to them and t raining local people on projects.

The Olympics is one of the biggest, most exciting things to happen to the industry in decades. The question now is, is our industry up to the challenge?

Tony Hyde, managing director, Thomas Vale Construction