Taking a positive approach to Diversity is a core issue for BESA, becoming more diverse can help our members overcome skills shortages, gain access to new expertise and meet the diversity requirements in many project tenders.
The adoption of modern methods of working and the emergence of Big Data and digital design techniques; along with the growing sophistication of building services technology, mean the sector desperately needs more talented young people with skills from a wider background.
But for all across the engineering sector, it’s a big challenge. Just 9% of registered UK engineers are female compared to 18% in Spain, 20% in Italy and 26% in Sweden. Yet 65% of engineering employers say a shortage of female engineers is a threat to their business and companies are 15% more likely to perform better if they are gender diverse.
The male dominance in our sector feeds a ‘macho’ culture that in many cases, is unappealing to members of the LGBT community.
Diversity comes in many forms, ethnic minorities are also not adequately represented in our industry currently and opportunities for disabled workers are limited due to accessibility issues.
This area has been created to further discuss issues, share best practice, provide resources and give details of industry campaigns and upcoming events relating to all aspects of diversity. We aim to continually grow this area throughout 2017 and beyond.
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