International Women’s Day 2019

Article posted on: 8th March 2019

Engineering and construction careers have long been considered a male dominated industry and as part of International Women’s Day we look at how, as a firm, we are tackling the gender divide within the industry.

Clancy Consulting have a longstanding history of proactively working to bridge the gap on gender diversity within the workplace. As an organisation we have teamed up with contractors, clients, industry bodies and education authorities across the engineering and construction industry to tackle the stigma around women in engineering and construction, embarking on international campaigns and education road shows.

The engineering and construction industry offers an exceptionally wide variety of stimulating and creative career opportunities available to both men and women. Gaining a qualification in engineering provides an individual with the skill set to embark on a career with worldwide reach where they can be involved with projects that positively impact the world in which we live.

Mike Powers, Director at Clancy Consulting has been a mentor on the Women in Brunel Engineering and Computing (WiBEC) programme since its inception, being invited back following successfully mentoring a student in the last academic year. The programme helps female graduates and undergraduates to gain a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to help them. Mike has shared his knowledge, experience and expertise and has helped his mentees to set personal goals to assist developing a competitive advantage in the graduate job market. Mike commented:

“I am passionate about equality across the industry and strongly believe this should be highlighted, which is why I enjoy acting as a mentor and hope I am seen as a trusted and influential supporter for the WiBEC programme by my peers. The role gives me hope that the tide is turning and that as an industry we are becoming more diverse and encouraging people with the right skill sets and mentality to engineering. I find the role interesting as each mentee requires different inputs form a mentor and my role has been substantially different for both of my mentees to date.”

Within the last year we have also appointed our first female Board Director. Jane leads the HR function for the business, having joined in 2002 to establish the role, she also chairs the NW Region of the Technical Apprenticeship Consortium, a subject which she is particularly passionate about.

Whilst the challenge to tackle the gender divide within the industry is ongoing, it is a challenge we proactively address, we are pleased to recognise that currently 27% of our workforce are female. We are also delighted to have recently received recognition at the NCE Top 100 Companies Awards 2019, where we have been ranked as one of the top 100 companies to work for in the NCE100 Power List!

By helping to reduce the gender gap in our workforce we recognise how we can, in turn, have a positive impact on individuals and the industry as a whole ensuring we are able to continue to drive positive change and development of the built environment to better support the society in which we live and offering both men and women the opportunity to embark on a stimulating and multidimensional career.

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