Support services giant Carillion has pledged to increase the number of women in apprenticeships five-fold over the next five years and to improve the retention of women engineers.
Carillion plans to do this through a new network of support for women in operational roles requiring engineering skills.
Launching on 23 June and entitled Project SNOWE (Support Network for Operational Women Engineers), Carillion business TPS Schal, the provider of project management and quantity and building surveying, will roll out the new support network across the business, engaging 20% 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 Carillion over the next five years.
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.
In addition, the company has made 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. This module will be delivered to local schools in the communities where they trade (four schools in year one, increasing year-on-year over five years).
To help promote the campaign, Murray has made a video highlighting the Carillion TPS Schal pledge
and discussing the issues faced by women in the industry.