Carillion has pledged to increase the number of women in apprenticeships fivefold over the next five years, and to improve the retention of female engineers by launching a new network of support.
The initiative is being led by one of the few women in a director-level role in her industry, TPS Schal Director Joan Murray, who heads the company’s construction compliance, surveying and project management division.
Project SNOWE (Support Network for Operational Women Engineers) launches on 23 June and TPS Schal will roll out the new support network across the business, engaging 20 per cent of technical women in engineering in year one, increasing year on year over a five year period. The commitment is to roll this initiative across the whole of the Carillion organisation over the next five years.
The company has also given a commitment to increase its contact with schools in its local communities, with plans for Carillion to develop a tailor made ‘introduction’ to engineering and technology for girls.
“Our aim with this new initiative is to take steps towards addressing some very serious issues,” says Murray. “Our industries urgently need to widen the talent pool of future technologists and engineers and inspire more young women to take up the subjects that lead to these careers. The statistics for girls studying STEM subjects and going onto 3rd level to continue those subjects has not changed in 30 years,” she notes.