A dedicated area to help raise awareness of 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.


Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity is what makes International Women's Day successful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist, once explained, "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." Make International Women's Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.

This Year for International Women's day, we join together to show our support and solidarity by sharing selfie cards all over social media. In particular, we would like to encourage more women to join our sector. We call on men and women across the sector to get involved in the INWED social media campaign.


Remember to: 

  • raise your hand assertively and strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose to show solidarity and support
  • post across social media using the hashtags #ChooseToChallenge, #IWD2021 and tag @BESAGroup
  • like, repost, comment on the #ChooseToChallenge posts from others joining in with the campaign

If you want to use our template to frame your selfies - download them below.

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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 12% 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.



These woman in engineering are doing great work for our industry. Claire Curran - Managing Director at Linaker FM, Holly Fielding - Mechanical Estimator at CMB Engineering, Melissa Lee - Welding/Fabricator at Premium Fabrications and Reanna Taylor - Senior Project Engineer at NG Bailey. Click on one of their pictures to find out more information about how they are moving the building and engineering services industry forward and into the future.



In this webinar, BESA Chief Executive David Frise is joined by the Women's Engineering Society Chief Executive, Elizabeth Donnelly, & a panel of guests. They discussed the importance of encouraging diversity in the sector and the opportunities for more women to enter the building and engineering services sector.

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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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How diversity drives business success

Views from a panel of industry experts on the benefits of a diverse workforce.

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Why diversity matters

Our Legal & Commercial director ponders if diversity is purely a moral issue or in fact the key to our sectors prosperity.

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A blueprint for measuring success

The latest CIC Diversity Benchmarking Report

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