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Inclusion gets Royal approval – but will it change anything?

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For many years, the engineering profession has been talking about diversity – or, more to the point, the lack of it. Despite a whole series of initiatives and plenty of goodwill, what has actually changed? The profession has long highlighted the lack of women in the profession – yet only 9 per cent of professional […]Read more

Student engagement starts with stories…

Recently we helped Laing O’Rourke to develop an early talent engagement strategy.  I say ‘helped’ because it was a collaboration with so many different people.  First up, rather than conducting the usual EVP research (all a bit tired), we prefer to hold storytelling workshops.  So, that meant a series of 2-hour sessions with Laing O’Rourke school and college leavers, […]Read more

BIM, beards and flat-pack toilets – the future of engineering?

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Today (21/01/15), I went to the Institute of Civil Engineers for a conference. There were lots of men (with beards) and very few women.  And most people were ‘of a certain age’.  Sadly representative of the industry. The conference was entitled – Infrastructure: Engineering the future today.  An irony, perhaps, considering the age of most […]Read more

Engineering skills gap: is the answer better engagement?

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  In the UK, we are told that engineering talent will become increasingly scarce.  Yet there’s still graduate engineering unemployment.  We are told that there aren’t enough female engineers.  Yet, according to the IET, 45% of firms don’t have a diversity strategy.  We can see an ageing engineering population.  Yet how many companies are looking […]Read more

106 seconds with… Jason Rowlands, Global HRD at Sonnedix.

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Jason has built an HR career working for some well-known businesses including BAE Systems, Barclays, Bank of America and most recently, RBS. But he’s been lured away from the world of established corporates into Sonnedix, a founder-led, fast-growing business producing low carbon energy. Here we ask Jason how he has found that transition, and explore […]Read more

“We need to talk about Kelvin” – Growing our engineering talent

There is much made of the lack of engineers in the UK - and the impact that this will have on the UK economy in the future. Here are some facts produced by the fine folk at the National Graduate Apprenticeship Programme (I haven't checked them...)...Read more