From Christian Louboutins to Steel Toe Capped Boots – By Sabrina Furniss

From a bottomless brunch to a hazardous waste transfer station.

From a little black dress to a hi vis vest.

All in a week of the life of a woman in transport.

More and more women are going into construction and transport and why not…. the fast paced, different days and exciting thrill of transport makes me sign off every week with a smile.

Honestly not many people can walk into work, after a weekend of high heels and a bottomless brunches, put on a hi vis vest and jump in the passenger seat of a 32-tonne wagon.

Whilst out with the drivers and witnessing the daily trials and tribulations of motorway traffic, strict guidelines and site opening times, a brunch can feel like it’s a million miles away, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Women make up around 14% of the construction industry.

Women make up around 14% of construction industry professionals and this number can only be set to rise with more and more women choosing construction jobs.

Misconceptions about gender specific roles are gradually diminishing with the growing number of women choosing a career in construction. 

Look beyond the ‘unsexy’ packaging. The transport sector provides a diverse range of careers and opportunities for any woman passionate about contributing to things that matter to the environment and our children’s futures.

My concerns

I was concerned going into this role as my learnt expectation of a male-dominated workplace would be the reality and having to have a thicker skin to even carry out this role would be the only way forward but WOW how wrong was I?

I have never been made to feel my gender is my key attribute or the greatest barrier to my success.

Old-fashioned mindsets no longer represent the woman in a male dominant environment and woman should not disregard a career within the waste industry, based on outdated views.

To overcome the barriers to success, I have been fortunate enough to be provided with opportunities to explore my career goals and develop new skills.  I have attended numerous training courses to explore self-development which is the companies key objective but also transport and waste seminars that has helped build my self-confidence and knowledge within the waste sector. 

I am a firm believer that no one should be stereotyped into specific roles and this includes the perception of men on the construction site.

So what are you waiting for? Put down those heels and lace those steel toe caps up! or call 0330 1188 777