A dedicated area to help raise awareness on the key issues surrounding the current lack of diversity, promoting the business benefits of a diverse workforce and sharing best practice case studies and actionable resources.


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.

International Women in Engineering Day

The BESA are proud to sponsor the 2017 International Women in Engineering Day. International Women in Engineering Day is now an International awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. Set up by the Women's Engineering Society (WES), it takes place annually on 23 June.

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What's it Like Being LGBT in Engineering?

InterEngineering has partnered with Mott MacDonald and the Royal Academy of Engineering to produce a series of videos profiling LGBT engineers talking openly about their experiences of the profession and sharing their personal stories. The aim is to show those thinking of becoming engineers that being LGBT is not a barrier to a happy and successful career.

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Network established to encourage diversity in apprenticeships

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that a group of employers have come together to help promote diversity within apprenticeships. The Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network (ADCN) is comprised of 23 employers, including Rolls Royce, BBC, BAE Systems and a number of small- and medium-sized employers. The network has been established to champion apprenticeships and diversity amongst employers and encourage more people from underrepresented groups, including those with disabilities, women and members of the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, to consider apprenticeships. It will support the government’s commitment, as part of its ‘2020 vision’, to increase the proportion of apprenticeship starts by people from BAME backgrounds by 20% by 2020.

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How diversity drives business success

Views from a panel of industry experts

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Help host the best school trip ever

To excite the next generation of employees about careers in STEM

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A blueprint for measuring success

The latest CIC Diversity Benchmarking Report

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