The Building and Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Electrical Contactors’ Association (ECA) are joining forces with London South Bank University (LSBU) to host a seminar on the business benefits that contractors can realise from having a workforce from a diverse range of backgrounds.
The seminar is mainly aimed at smaller size firms of contractors, who make up the mainstay of both BESA’s and ECA’s members. The aim is to persuade contractors of the business benefits of taking a proactive approach to increase the diversity of their workforce. The main ones being:
* A means of addressing skills shortages (which may be compounded by Brexit).
* Bringing different views and perspectives to the way in which a company does
* Meeting the requirements of some tenders, particularly public sector.
Registration & refreshments
Paul McLaughlin, Chief Executive, Building Engineering Services Association
Presentations will include:
The work of the CIC Diversity Panel - Prof. Andy Ford, Chair, Construction Industry Council Diversity Panel & Professor of Systems Engineering in the Built Enviroment, LSBU
Keynote: The business benefits of a proactive approach to diversity & successful case studies - Danna Walker, Founder, Built by Us & Chair, Architects for Change
Inclusive Engineering – getting the most from your workforce - Dawn Bonfield, Chief Executive, Women’s Engineering Society
Helping people with disability - Dan Mitchell / Jessica Luke of Blind in Business (with input from Aidis)
A Contractor viewpoint: Lessons from the ground up – business benefits - Simone Hart Sibbald, Managing Director, Perfect Service Solutions and Samantha Jones, Melvin John Electrical Contracting Ltd
Discussion panel followed by closing remarks
19:00 - 20:30 Drinks and Networking