San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Engineering a Winning Workforce by Creating an Inclusive Engineering Industry
(in recognition of Equality Week)
- by Dr Mark McBride-Wright CEng MIChemE
Wednesday 16th November 2016
from 6 - 7 pm in Jennison Lecture Theatre (JLT)
Inclusion is the key to attracting and retaining staff, driving down supply-chain costs and delivering a service through a culture which aligns with client values. The engineering industry is lagging behind other sectors in the competition for talent. InterEngineering connects, informs and empowers LGBT engineers and supporters, and has become the leading organisation in addressing LGBT inclusion in the engineering sector in the UK.
People perform better when they can be their full authentic selves; businesses get more out of their workforce when employees energy is not wasted being distracted at work. The engineering industry and skilled engineers make a significant contribution to the UK economy and its productivity as well as working towards mitigating the grand global challenges of climate change, ageing populations, food, clean water and energy. Productivity can be increased by creating a more inclusive engineering industry, with significant savings possible .
As noted in Engineering UK 2016 report , the UK at all levels of education does not have the current capacity or the required rate of growth needed to meet the forecast demand for skilled engineers and technicians by 2022. Hence, getting more out of the existing workforce is critical and reducing attrition of those leaving the profession. It is also imperative to attract future talent in to engineering. Through concerted and co-ordinated action, the engineering community and employers can make a demonstrable difference by working with schools, colleges and universities to inspiring future generations to pursue relevant qualifications and go on to careers in engineering.
InterEngineering has been working with leading engineering companies, institutes and the UK Government to bring about real inclusion in the engineering sector. Mark will discuss the journey InterEngineering has been on since its formation, some of the barriers he has come across, as well as the opportunities which exist ahead. He will also outline the role the academic community can play in helping create an inclusive engineering working environment.
 “Engineering Action: Tackling Homophobia in Engineering”, InterEngineering and House of Commons, November 2014, http://goo.gl/EULOYa
 “State of Engineering 2016”, Engineering UK, January 2016, http://www.engineeringuk.com/Research/Engineering-UK-Report-2016/
Mark co-founded InterEngineering which connects, informs and empowers LGBT engineers and supporters. Under Mark’s leadership as Chair, the organisation has grown to a membership of over 450 engineers and engages prominent engineering institutes and employers. Mark is a chartered safety engineer working in engineering contracting. He was requested by the House of Commons to prepare a report for the UK Government on tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in the engineering sector which was published in November 2015. He is now working with the Government on implementation of the recommended measures. He was ranked number 2 in the 2015 Financial Times Future LGBT Leaders, and won the coveted “Corporate Rising Star” at the 2016 British LGBT Awards for his work in diversity and inclusion.
We ask that guests arrive at the Jennison building on the Canterbury campus for a prompt 6 pm start. Please see this map if you are unfamiliar with the Jennison building(H6). Note that after 5 pm, you will be able to park in any of the staff car parks without restriction, as long as the vehicle is parked within the markings of a bay.
EDA is indebted to the support of the Kent Opportunity Fund in being able to provide this event.
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Catherine Butler | External Services Officer BA (Hons)
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Rep and Harassment Contact
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