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Jo Stubbs: Breaking Gender Barriers

I hope that I will be able to stay with DSG until I retire

Jo Stubbs, DSG Driver

In an industry traditionally dominated by men, Jo Stubbs stands as a testament to resilience, determination, and the power of opportunity. With over two decades of experience in construction, her journey from a courier to a skilled professional in one of the most demanding fields is a great story to share for International Women’s Day 2024.

“I sort of fell into construction in the early 2000s.’ After Jo’s van had ‘gone to the big metal graveyard in the sky,’ she bumped into a works manager of a construction site. This led to her securing a van driver job which went on to shape her career for the next two decades.

Despite being a woman in a predominantly male environment, Joe never felt deterred. “I have never felt worried about being a woman on site,” due to the unwavering support received from colleagues and notably, the Danny Sullivan Group (DSG).

Throughout her career, Joe has left her mark on various prestigious projects, from motorway expansions to the A3 Hindhead Tunnel and currently, her involvement in the groundbreaking HS2 project. Her dedication to continuous improvement is evident through her certifications such as NVQ Level 3 in occupational work supervision, SMSTS, NEBOSH National General Certificate, and specialised training in Mental Health First Aid provided by DSG.

Reflecting on her experience, Joe encourages aspiring women to consider a career in construction, particularly with DSG. This inclusive and supportive environment has contributed to her success over the years.

Jo is not only a skilled professional, but also an inspiration for future generations looking to pursue a career in the construction industry, regardless of gender or background. Looking towards the future, Jo shares that ‘I hope that I will be able to stay with DSG until I retire.”

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Empowering Women in Construction

To all the women considering a career in construction: Do it! Don’t let stereotypes hold you back.

– Sonia Chahil, Head of DSG Academy

In a traditionally male-dominated industry, women are carving out their place and leaving their mark in construction. As part of International Women’s Day 2024, we spoke with Sonia Chahil, Head of DSG Academy, whose passion for the challenge and creativity of construction led her to pursue a career in this dynamic field.

In this candid Q&A, she shares her experiences as a woman in construction, particularly within the supportive environment of the Danny Sullivan Group (DSG) and offers advice to other women considering a similar path.

What inspired you to pursue a career in the construction industry, and what has your experience been like working in a typically male-dominated field?

Inspired by the challenge and creativity inherent in construction, I embraced this field despite its male-dominated nature. My journey has been about breaking stereotypes and proving that gender doesn’t limit capability. Despite the initial challenges, I find immense fulfilment in shattering preconceptions and contributing to transformative projects.

Can you share any specific instances where you felt supported and valued as a woman in the construction industry, particularly within the Danny Sullivan Group?

Within the Danny Sullivan Group, I’ve felt incredibly supported and valued for my contributions as a woman in construction. The culture of inclusivity and respect, from leadership to peers, empowers me to thrive and excel in my role.

How do you think the culture at DSG contributes to the success and satisfaction of women working in construction?

The culture at DSG fosters an environment where diversity is proudly celebrated. Women are not just welcomed but actively celebrated for their contributions. With initiatives promoting equality and opportunities for growth, it’s no surprise that women excel here.

How has working at the Danny Sullivan Group impacted your career growth and aspirations?

Working at DSG has been exceptionally empowering for my career growth. As the female Head of Academy in a male-dominated sector, I’ve had the opportunity to lead and shape talent in an environment that fosters personal growth. It has empowered me to drive meaningful change within the industry and work towards closing the gender gap.

What would you say to other women considering a career in construction?

To all the women considering a career in construction: Do it! Don’t let stereotypes hold you back. Embrace the challenge, seek support networks, and believe in your abilities. The industry needs your talent and perspective.

In summary, Sonia’s journey serves as a testament to the resilience and determination of women in construction. Through her experiences at DSG, she has not only broken barriers but also inspired others to pursue a career in the sector. As the industry continues to evolve, stories like Sonia’s remind us of the importance of fostering inclusive environments where everyone can thrive.