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Incoming president puts diversity at heart of ICE tenure

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Incoming ICE president Andrew Wyllie has stressed the importance of improving diversity within the industry.

During his inaugural address, Wyllie highlighted the importance of diversity in engineering and of attracting and developing the outstanding talent of the next generation.

Championing the scheme introduced by Network Rail to improve diversity, the Costain chief executive said that evaluating equality must become a part of reviewing tender applications.

“Equality issues have become business critical for any engineering organisation seeking to be successful today,” he said. “For example, Network Rail, has introduced Equality, Diversity and Inclusion performance as a hard measure in their tender review processes. The score attributed to EDI performance can be the difference between winning or losing engineering work. And this trend is only going to accelerate.”

He added: “The industry needs people with a wide range of skills, experience and opinions. We also know that solutions to the world’s major issues are going to be provided by extraordinary people – those who challenge the norms and have a passion to make a real difference. Our task is to encourage even more of these talented people, who desire to do something truly meaningful for society, to become civil engineers.” 

Wyllie’s comments come as Costain announced that more than half of Costain’s recent graduate intake were women. Meanwhile Aecom has also announced that 43% of its the 359 graduates joining its 2018 programme are women. 

Wyllie also stressed the importance of embracing new technologies to seize new commercial opportunities.

He said: “ICE and its members must be at the forefront of the smart infrastructure revolution and ensure ICE remains the ‘go-to’ organisation to address the big issues of the day.”

A full, exclusive interview with Wyllie will be available in the next issue of New Civil Engineer, out next week. 

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  • Chelsea miner

    Why do journalists often default to women in engineering when reporting on diversity? The Chartered Management Institute's approach on diversity is as follows:
    "The concept of diversity encompasses any sort of difference between individuals. These could be differences in ethnic origin, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, family status, religion, education, social class and even personality or attitudes. The management of diversity involves developing and
    implementing inclusive strategies through which a network of varied individuals are integrated into a dynamic workforce."
    I'm sure that this is what Ian meant in his statement and I wish him well in his role.

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  • What a pity he does not see improving the general profile of (civil) engineering as one of his prime aims.

    I am fed up with seeing the term 'engineers' used as a catch-all term when any, vaguely technical, work is covered in the media.

    Improving the image will lead to ALL viewing engineering as a worthwhile career

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  • This is incredibly rich coming from the CEO of a company that, until recently, offered one of the worst maternity benefits packages of UK tier 1 engineering contractors.

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