Andy backs National Women in Engineering Day
Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter backed the inaugural National Women in Engineering Day earlier this week, celebrating the achievements of women in engineering and raising the profile of careers in the sector.
To mark this important day, CH2M HILL held a roundtable debate at its London office in Hammersmith on the role of women in engineering and how to address the gender gap in the industry. Local Member of Parliament, Andy Slaughter MP, guest chaired the session and steered the conversation on what the industry can do to attract more young people, in particular women, into engineering. Recommendations from junior and senior engineers concluded that the industry needs to work more closely with government and educators to highlight the opportunities to be involved in major engineering projects in the UK.
Over the coming weeks CH2M HILL is also hosting a variety of events in schools across the country to engage directly with young women to highlight the benefits of studying STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and pursuing careers in this sector. The first of these events took place today, with CH2M HILL colleagues from the firm’s Glasgow office speaking to students from St Roch’s Secondary School before carrying out a group engineering challenge to build a bridge from spaghetti and marshmallows.
Employee-owned CH2M HILL has worked for a long time to champion women in engineering through its STEM programmes in schools, apprenticeships and Women’s Network. In 2009 CH2M HILL was the first engineering and construction company to win the Catalyst Award, honouring innovative organisational approaches that advance women in the workplace.
Member of Parliament for Hammersmith, Andy Slaughter MP, said: “It was great to take part in the roundtable discussion today to mark the first National Women in Engineering Day. I can see that we have a clear need for more engineers in the UK to build our future infrastructure, the challenge now is how to encourage more young people, especially women, to take up careers in this sector. CH2M HILL look like they are doing a great job in promoting more women into the industry, however to create a real improvement we need to join up industry, government and educators to fill these jobs and ensure we nurture this talent.”
Notes to Editor:
- 1. CH2M HILL takes a leading approach to women in engineering and STEM through its apprenticeship programme.
- 2. In May 2014 CH2M HILL was one of the supporting businesses at the launch of the government’s ‘Your Life’ campaign aimed at promoting women to take on more STEM subjects in order to pursue careers in the engineering and technology sector.
- 3. As part of its Community Investment Programme, CH2M HILL has been working with communities across the UK since 2011 to help host skills and employment fairs. These fairs help young people and the long term unemployed gain the rights skills and techniques to make the necessary first steps into the world of work.
- 4. CH2M HILL has a dedicated Women's Network which provides the opportunity for colleagues to share information, ideas, experiences, and resources. The Network aims to promote an inclusive culture that actively promotes and supports the attraction, development, and retention of women; values the diversity that women bring to the table; and fuels our industry-leading position as one of the best places to work.
- 5. In 2009 CH2M HILL was the first engineering and construction company to win the Catalyst Award, honouring innovative organisational approaches that advance women in the workplace. The company received the award in 2009 as a one-time recognition of achievement. Also in that year, the company won the top employer in 'Woman Engineer Magazine'.
- 6. CH2M HILL started 'Constructing Pathways for Women Through Inclusion' - an initiative that leverages female employees by ensuring they are placed in important positions, are visible role models, and are responsible for high-profile projects, linking their expertise to business success.