Putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do
Our plan has six focus areas for our external work: industry support, stimulate change, share knowledge, signpost resources, advocate and monitor.
This work includes providing grant funding to employers for EDI training. The ECITB has two diversity and inclusion training standards, which have supported nearly 4,000 learners since 2020.
We will use our resources, networks and strategic partnerships to stimulate change in the industry, for example by establishing a quarterly EDI knowledge-sharing network for employers, providers and stakeholders.
In 2023, we entered into a strategic partnership with the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK). This not-for-profit organisation kindly inputted into the action plan we launch today and I would like to personally express my heartfelt thanks to the team at AFBE-UK for this.
Being able to draw on AFBE-UK’s experience and insights will help us better support industry to ensure it reaches and inspires potential candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds.
As part of a pilot programme in the underwater sector, we are also partnering with STEM Returners and the Global Underwater Hub (GUH) to attract industry returners from diverse backgrounds.
We recognise that to support industry effectively and be credible advocates for equity, diversity and inclusion, we need to develop as an organisation and embed an inclusive approach that aligns with our responsibilities across all areas of our operation.
I recently attended a roundtable in York hosted by Women into Science and Engineering (WISE), which featured many great speakers with EDI experience.
My key takeaway from the event was the importance of getting management buy-in when it comes to EDI planning, and further stressed how vital consistent leadership behaviours will be in delivering this plan.
One of our key actions will be to embed Equality Impact Assessments across our governance processes ensuring diversity is considered in our decision-making.
There is more to do at the ECITB and across the wider engineering construction industry, but we are working hard to put diversity and inclusivity at the heart of everything we do.