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A new report has urged construction firms to do more to attract women workers after it said the industry was still seen as sexist. A survey of 1,500 employers found that three out of four believed perceptions of a sexist culture were a major reason why women were under-represented.
The study by the Construction Industry Training Board - on International Women's Day - identified a lack of female role models as well as poor awareness of the types of jobs on offer.
The industry is on course for a major comeback, but we need a dynamic and diverse workforce to help deliver it. This poll shows that construction employers realise we are still a long way from overcoming the perceptions of sexism in our sector, which potentially keep women away.
To attract the best skills and talent from all parts of society, we are challenging industry to make women and people from all backgrounds feel welcome and valued.
The CITB's research shows that young people believe the industry is male dominated and poorly paid.
This weekend members of the public have been invited to visit a site in Plymouth to gain an insight into the construction industry, and potential career opportunities in the building trade.
Kat Simpson has gone into the industry as a trainee site manager. She says women are thriving in the trade.
The construction industry is so diverse. You can be working on a housing project one minute, and the next minute you can be working on a multi-million pound sky scraper.
Women are thriving. They're successful. And they need to start thinking about this as a career.
Richard Lawrence has been finding out what's being done in the South West to change preconceptions.
The Cornish village of St Agnes will lose its bank today. Barclays is shutting despite more than 2,300 people signing a petition to save it.
The St Agnes Post Office has recently closed and the village's bus service has been reduced.
Chips from an Exmouth-based chippy have been voted the best in the UK.
The Krispies Fish and Chip shop beat 900 entrants from across the country in the annual awards run by the Potato Council.
Farming is one of the biggest industries in the West Country and today it was named as the most dangerous - with safety regulations being regularly ignored.
Two people lost their lives last year here in the South West in farming accidents, but hundreds more suffered serious injuries.
Claire Manning has met one farmer who was badly injured when his trailer got caught on a power line.
An on-site laboratory at a tungsten mine in Devon has created 13 new jobs. The £130 million mine at Wolf Minerals in Plympton will be Britain's first metal mine for over 40 years.
When it opens at the end of summer it will employ another 200 people.
Labour leader Ed Miliband told ITV News West Country that he will make investment in the regions transport infrastructure 'a priority'.
We recognise the priority in the South West has got to have in relation to rail. There are clearly big issues, not just because of what happened at Dawlish, but in terms of connectivity. I'm not coming here with a blank cheque - you wouldn't expect me to do so as we have to get the deficit down - but it is important to say we are going to make this a priority.
It's exactly a year since part of the Dawlish train line was washed away, and a new report has criticised the response of some key organisations.
It says grants and compensation schemes were slow to appear and poorly advertised. There was praise though for Network Rail and the 'Open for Business' campaign.
At Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron answered Anne Marie Morris' concerns over the maintenance of the Dawlish railway line:
We are working with the South West Peninsula Rail Task Force to bring together all the strategic and local transport schemes. I'm absolutely determined that the South-West of this country will have strong road, rail and air - these are absolutely vital to our long term plan.