The ECITB has set up a new taskforce to support greater diversity and inclusion in the engineering construction industry.
The industry, which designs, builds, maintains and decommissions major UK infrastructure, currently has a workforce that is 88% male with low BAME representation. This means employers are missing out on the business benefits a diverse talent pool provides, including a broader range of views and experiences across the workforce, which in turn will increase performance and innovation.
To mark its commitment to bring about change across the industry workforce, the ECITB has announced it will create an Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Action taskforce (IDEA). This follows a pledge in January by the Government-sponsored skills body to provide £500,000 of grant support over three years to fund diversity and inclusion training for industry managers and staff.
As well as training, IDEA will help ensure diversity and inclusion awareness is embedded in ECITB training standards, raise awareness and showcase diversity in action and promote the industry as an appealing career choice for individuals regardless of gender and ethnicity.