Icaro coordinator Rossella Martino interviewed Emanuela Lo Cicero, building surveyor and trainer of the Formedil course for ‘assembly/disassembly/transformation of scaffolding’.

Rossella Martino: What is your academic and professional background? How old are you? And how many years of work experience?
Emanuela Lo Cicero: I am a building surveyor, I am 39 years old and I have 15 years of experience in scaffolding assembly.

RM: What made you decide to study subjects related to the construction sector?
ELC: I was intrigued by the sector. Then I decided to work in scaffolding assembly because I didn’t want to do a job that required me to be in the office all the time.

RM: Do you think the career path in construction is different for men and women? If so, why?
ELC: Yes, it’s different, because it’s taken for granted that a woman knows less than a man.

RM: Are there professional profiles that are more suitable for men and/or women?
ELC: No, I don’t think there is a difference.

RM: Have you experienced incidents of discrimination based on your gender, age, or other reasons?
ELC: No, it has never happened to me, I work with my father and my husband.

RM: What advice would you give to construction companies to make a more inclusive workplace?
ELC: You have to learn to delegate work and have confidence it to someone else.