Celebrating NWED 2016.
We caught up with Two of Chwarae Teg’s most recent Supporters — the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales/Cymru and Costain, to find out why gender equality is important to them, and what they’re doing to celebrate NWED 2016.
The Institution of Civil Engineers.
ICE is one of the world’s leading civil engineering institutions and has been around for almost 200 years, supporting over 91,000 members across the world.
They support and represent more than 3,600 civil engineers working and living in Wales.
It aims to influence public infrastructure policy, promote the civil engineering profession and provide support, training and networking opportunities for ICE members.
Keith Jones, Director, ICE Wales Cymru:
— “There is an underrepresentation of female engineers within the industry, we have stagnated at a 10% female representation rate for a number of years, not just in Wales but in the UK and are working to address the gender imbalance.
With women making up 51% of the population in Wales, we need to ensure we are making the most of women’s skills to help our economy grow and not limit ourselves to a proportion of the talent here in Wales.”
Taking positive steps.
ICE Wales Cymru is taking positive steps to address this gender imbalance and have a very positive diversity action plan.
As a strong supporter of National Women in Engineering Day, ICE Wales Cymru hosts events annually to mark the occasion and this year was no different.
On 21 June 2016 ICE Wales/Cymru held ‘This is Civil Engineering’. Sponsored by ABC Electrification, and ‘Chartered Institute of Building’.
Featuring a keynote speech from Julie James AM Minister for Skills and Science. Followed by 3 civil engineers, each sharing the challenges and experiences of being a women in engineering, and the rewarding careers they have built for themselves.
Costain is a national infrastructure solutions provider delivering innovative, efficient and value-driven solutions for customers in energy, water and transportation and has a long and accomplished 150 year history.
They are currently employed by the Welsh Government on four major infrastructure projects in South Wales and are committed to developing their female staff, encouraging them to improve their professional competence, and to strive for management roles.
Bruce Richards, Project Director, Costain:
— “Costain as an employer recognises the importance of developing and supporting its workforce which is key to project delivery and organisational success.
It seeks to employ from a wide range of cultures and skill sets and as well as providing equal opportunity for all who support and drive the company objectives.
The company is mindful that the balance between men and women in management roles across the organisation is far from equal and the company is working with Chwarae Teg to address the imbalance in South Wales.
By raising awareness and supporting our aspiring female staff the process should deliver more competent and motivated managers who in turn will drive greater productivity and success across our organisation.
We are also working closely with the Institution of Civil Engineering and their desire to encourage more women to pursue careers in Engineering.
Our work with Chwarae Teg will hopefully lead to more women aspiring to management roles.
We will also seek to raise awareness of both the ICE Women in Engineering and Chwarae Teg agenda through our schools programme.”
Women’s Engineering Society. NWED 2016.
Article written by Emma Tamplin, Chwarae Teg. Let’s connect, @Mrs_Tamplin.