Diversity and Inclusion

Attracting a more diverse range of recruits into engineering construction is an important priority for the ECITB. This includes encouraging more women and girls into the industry. ECITB data shows that currently 88% of the workforce is male, while Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation is very low. There is a clear need to ensure new entrants to engineering construction are fully representative of the UK population as a whole. By opening up recruitment to a wider, more diverse talent pool, the industry will yield significant benefits in terms of greater access to skilled workers that meet the needs of their business.

The ECITB is committed to working closely with industry and partner organisations to attract a diverse pool off new entrants to the industry and to promote engineering construction careers. A key focus of our STEM engagement work is to promote careers for women in engineering, and our annual awards showcase the very best of female talent in the industry as well as companies who are taking positive steps to support diversity and inclusion in their workplaces.

Chris Claydon - ECITB Chief Executive

“A diverse and inclusive workforce is integral to operating a sustainable and successful business. The ECITB is committed to supporting industry to develop inclusive workplaces where employees can reach their full potential and individual differences are valued and respected.

“Although large parts of industry are struggling at the moment, demand for new skilled workers will grow as the sector recovers. It is crucial that the industry harnesses this opportunity to increase workforce diversity.

“We are particularly keen to boost diversity in the sector and this is just one initiative to encourage, more ethnic diversity, more female representation, LGBT+ candidates, disabled candidates and those who are coming from more deprived areas, to embark on a career in engineering construction.”

Chris Claydon, Chief Executive, ECITB

ECITB embeds equality, diversity and inclusion across standards, qualifications and training courses

As an integral part of ECITB’s aim to support engineering construction companies in moving forwards with embedding inclusivity, respect and openness in the workplace the ECITB has been working with a range of employers and employer groups to review ECITB’s existing training courses, standards and ECITB qualifications to make sure that equality and inclusion principles are embedded throughout.

The first step in this was a refresh of relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS). The NOS form the foundation of ECITB’s training standards, qualifications and training. NOS suites across engineering construction craft and technician disciplines have been updated to incorporate D&I principles. The NOS set the performance and knowledge that underpins ECITB’s training standards, qualifications and courses and so, this ensures D&I is being embedded throughout ECITB’s training products.

ECITB’s supervisor training programme: ‘Taking the Lead’ module includes training to understand the principles of D&I and how to address unconscious bias. There is still more to be done and ECITB will continue to review and improve our products and services with inclusivity in mind.

ECITB approved diversity and inclusion training courses

The ECITB is delighted to have approved several national UK training providers to deliver diversity and inclusion and unconscious bias training courses at the high level that meets the ECITB’s exacting quality and training standards. The following training providers have all developed ECITB approved trainng courses against ECITB’s diversity and inclusion and unconscious bias training standards:

Rewards Training, STC Global, WISE, Organic PO Solutions, Birketts.

To have an impact it’s important that the training is thought-provoking and interactive and so the approved courses all include discussions, practical exercises, video stories and personal reflections along with consolidation of the learning. Each course also covers all the key areas required to lay the foundation of working towards improved inclusivity and equity in the workplace and include training on:

  • The business case and positive aspects of ED&I
  • The legal requirements and protected characteristics
  • Language and terms used to describe D&I initiatives
  • How to work in an inclusive manner, how to challenge non-inclusive behaviour

If you are interested in developing a course that can be delivered under ECITB licence against the Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion and Unconscious Bias standards please contact catherine.lambert@ecitb.org.uk

IDEA taskforce

To mark its commitment to bring about change across the industry workforce, the ECITB has created an Inclusion, Diversity, Equality 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.

International Women In Engineering Day (INWED)

The ECITB is a proud sponsor of the ​International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). INWED is an international awareness campaign which raises the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. In 2020 the campaign’s theme is #ShapeTheWorld. We celebrate this day by sharing stories of engineers that shape the world and help make our planet a better, safer, more innovative and exciting place to be.

WATCH: INWED panel discussion

Watch our virtual roundtable discussion which considers how we raise the profile of women engineers and encourage more people to consider engineering as a profession for all. The panel members are:

  • Gwen Parry-Jones OBE, Magnox CEO
  • Corhyn Parr, Director of UK Waste Operations at the NDA & Chair of the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group
  • Chris Claydon, ECITB CEO
  • Jane Cooper, ECITB Board member and Stakeholder Relations & Regulatory Affairs at Ørsted

Engineering a Winning Workforce  

The ECITB has partnered with Equal Engineers to help develop people’s understanding of diversity & inclusion with a view to improve workplace culture and staff wellbeing within the engineering construction sector.