Networking is a vital part of the engineer’s tool kit and this concept was not lost on the graduates and students of the West Midlands.
The Future of Construction Networking Dinner, held at the Birmingham Hippodrome on 2 October, was the region’s first such event and proved a huge success with the 130-plus young engineers in attendance. Incoming ICE president Jean Venables was the keynote speaker and used the event to trail risk management as one of the main themes of her imminent presidency.
Speaking as the ICE’s first woman president, Venables was also quick to point out that the event illustrated a sea change in the profession in terms of the number of young female engineers in attendance.
Speaking after the dinner, one of the organisers, G&SNET West Midlands chair Kate Baker told NCE: “There has been a huge demand for future events. Over 20% of the attendees have written to thank us and ask for more.
"We are already talking to venues about an even bigger event next year. We are also planning some informal events to carry forward the enthusiasm and momentum.
"A Christmas social somewhere is on the cards and we are hoping to link this up with other bodies like Birmingham Young Construction Professionals."
The event was sponsored by Ramboll Whitbybird, Morgan Est, WSP, Jacobs, Faber Maunsell / Aecom, Severn Trent Water, Atkins, Mott MacDonald and Clancy Consulting.
The event was organised by Kate Baker of Ramboll Whitbybird, Kate Cooksey of Underground Professional Services , and Simon Clifford of Clancy Consulting. It raised almost £600 for Engineers for Overseas Development and Engineers Without Borders.