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Engineering diversity and inclusion

Challenging companies to deliver equality on all fronts

8 - 9 November 2018 | InterContinental London – The O2

CPD 14 hours

Strategic Partners

AFBE UK logo The Association for Black and Ethnic Minority Engineers (AFBE-UK) promotes higher achievements in education and engineering among people from black and minority ethnicity (BME) backgrounds. It was established in 2007 as a community initiative following the UK Business and Enterprise Committee and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s published reports about shortage of engineering skills in the workforce and in particular the under-representation of people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds. We are a registered UK wide not-for profit organisation that encourages people of black and minority ethnicity to study engineering, support those who aspire to be successful engineers, promote engineering in the schools and promote diversity in the work force.

Our ethos is to promote a more inclusive workforce and we champion an increase of women of all ethnicities studying and working in engineering. Over 47% of participants in AFBE-UK’s programmes are female with an executive and advisory board made up of 50% male and female.

We also advise organisations on how to promote diversity in industry and create healthy, inclusive and sustainable environments where all communities can thrive. Our objective is to increase the engineering talent available in the UK and to drive economic growth through engineering.

AFBE-UK is not exclusive to people from a particular ethnic origin, however it focuses on people that have and share the experience and interest in inspiring people of BME origin in our communities.


ENEI The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) is the UK’s leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. We work in partnership with our members and clients to achieve and promote best practice in equality and inclusion. We focus on delivering high quality practical advice, products and services, which are aligned with our four strategic priorities: Excellence in D&I Practice, Global D&I Culture, Inclusive Leadership, and Unconscious Bias. enei has more than 320 members, covering more than 3.5 million employees.


Business Disability Forum Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit member organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people. By providing pragmatic support, sharing expertise, giving advice, providing training and facilitating networking opportunities, we help organisations to become fully accessible to disabled customers and employees. Ultimately, our aim is to transform the life chances – and experience – of disabled people as employees and consumers.

We have more than twenty years’ experience of working with public and private sector organisations, formerly as the Employers’ Forum on Disability, where we were instrumental in lobbying for an creating the first meaningful disability legislation in the UK in the shape of the Disability Discrimination Act.

Our 300 members now employ around 15% of the UK workforce and range from FTSE 100 companies and central Government departments to transport providers, construction companies, retailers, higher education providers and public services. We also work closely with Government to shape disability policy and to feedback what works – what doesn’t – from our members and partners.

We also work with a range of technology and engineering companies to increase representation of disabled people in these sectors. Our Technology Taskforce in particular works to improve digital accessibility in organisations in order to further enable disabled people to participate in the workforce.


EngineeringUK logo EngineeringUK is a not-for-profit organisation, which works in partnership with the engineering community to promote the vital role of engineers and engineering and to inspire tomorrow’s engineers. We work with a wide range of partners to deliver engaging careers activity that challenges outdated perceptions of the industry and showcases the real jobs and careers available to people with the right qualifications. We underpin this activity with incisive research that paints a clear picture of the state of UK engineering and the impact of inspiring outreach activity. Our ambition is to reach 1m young people a year with inspiring engineering engagements.

Engineering makes a significant contribution to the economy, to employment and to society as a whole. However, given the demand for engineers outstrips supply, more needs to be done to showcase the range of career opportunities available in 21st century engineering. We need more young people to understand the importance of continuing to study maths and science – the subjects they’ll need to pursue a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) career. Through Tomorrow’s Engineers, the annual Big Bang Fair, The Big Bang Competition and the Big Bang Near Me Fairs which take place across the UK throughout the year, we’re showing young people from all backgrounds how their studies could lead to a rewarding career as a STEM professional.


Equal Engineers Equal Engineers provides a solution through training, recruitment, media and events. Our events series includes our annual Equality in Engineering conference and our recruitment events.

EqualEngineers connects inclusive employers with diverse talent in engineering and technology through annual careers fairs, in-person and online, and the job board EqualEngineersJobs.com. Through 2018, EqualEngineers has ran 10 apprenticeship and graduate careers fairs across the UK in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London and Manchester connecting over 2,500+ diverse opportunity-seekers with prospective employers. The online careers fair offering is popular with employers looking for a bespoke and tailored session to help bolster their emerging-talent outreach programme. This can be scheduled at a time convenient for the organisation, and we schedule appointments with people from our network.

EqualEngineers has formed strategic collaborations with organisations including UCAS, STEM Returners, Engineering Development Trust and Interesting Engineering to amplify our outreach work in 2019. If your organisation would like to get involved on how to support our projects then contact info@equalengineers.com for more information.


Prospect (logo) Prospect is a union representing 50,000 STEM professionals, managers and specialists. Prospect champions good work – our aim is for everyone to have the opportunity to do work that is enjoyable, stretching and fulfilling. Yet engineering and technology skills are thin on the ground at a time when Britain needs more good jobs in high performing workplaces, to rebalance the economy and sustain fairer and stronger growth. These challenges will not be resolved unless we use all of the talent pool. We play our part in supporting women throughout their STEM careers, from school to retirement via career breaks and re-entry.

Prospect promotes positive role models and provides workshops on unconscious bias. We provide career and mentoring support for women at work as well as collaborating with employers and professional bodies to remove or reduce barriers to career progression, making sure that positive policies translate into good practice. We provide a range of training programme and workshops, including on neurodiversity and BAME leadership. Prospect promotes good practice so that employers can reap the benefits of a modern, flexible approach to securing and managing a talent-rich diverse workforce.


The Royal Academy of Engineering (logo) The Royal Academy of Engineering, as the UK’s national academy for engineering, bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We have three strategic aims: Provide insight to remove barriers to diversity and inclusion; Engage in partnerships to remove barriers to diversity and inclusion; Deliver impact through communications.

Diversity and Inclusion Programme Strategy 2016–2020: For the past seven years we have been delivering a programme to increase diversity and inclusion across the engineering profession. At the heart of the programme is an ambition to not only increase the representation of women, ethnic minority groups, younger and older people, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; but also to create more inclusive cultures where all engineers thrive. Vision: an inclusive engineering profession that inspires attracts and retains people from diverse backgrounds and reflects UK society. Mission: lead the engineering profession to challenge the status quo, stimulate cultural change and improve diversity and inclusion. Strategic aims: challenge the status quo; demonstrate leadership; sustain and extend current relationships; communicate and consult; and publicise success measures and benchmarks. We work collaboratively with over 60 engineering employers and all 35 professional engineering institutions to facilitate a joined-up collaborative approach to making progress.


Science Made Simple science made simple has a passion for science and all things associated with it! We aim to share our enthusiasm by offering a selection of inspirational and educational experiences that are tailor-made for schools, festivals, adult audiences and the public.

Our mission is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, to engage the wider public with STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) as part of popular culture, and to strengthen connection between researchers and the public.

We do this by training professional science communicators for high quality science shows, through a variety of formats. These include live presentations, demonstrations, theatre techniques and other artistic means. We also develop educational materials and create accessible science articles and media for the public.


STEMM Disability Advisory Committee The Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine Disability Advisory Committee (‘STEMM-DAC’) is a cross-STEMM group of professional bodies and learned societies that work collectively to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in STEMM education and employment. The Committee also acts as a point of contact for organisations or individuals seeking to raise issues of concern to people with disabilities in STEMM, sharing and signposting to relevant resources. The Committee meets quarterly and is independently chaired by Martin Hollins.


Stonewall Stonewall is renowned for its campaigning and lobbying. Some major successes include helping achieve the equalisation of the age of consent, lifting the ban on LGB people serving in the military, securing legislation which allowed same-sex couples to adopt and the repeal of Section 28.

More recently, Stonewall has helped secure civil partnerships and then same-sex marriage and ensured that the recent Equality Act protected lesbian, gay and bi people in terms of goods and services. Stonewall is a member of the Equality and Diversity Forum, a network of national organisations committed to progress on age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief and sexual orientation issues.


WISE WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). WISE members inspire girls to choose maths, physics and computing. We help you to attract, retain, develop and progress female talent in your organisations. Our mission is for better gender balance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, from the classroom to the boardroom.

Membership of WISE is open to anyone and we welcome members at every level, male and female, who can help us to build and sustain the pipeline of female talent, from classroom to boardroom. If you're interested in becoming a member of WISE, the website has more information and how to sign up. WISE provides consultancy advice and support to clients in the STEM sector, helping employers attract, retain, develop and progress women in their organisations.

We also offer training courses to companies, organisations and women in STEM, including courses on unconscious bias, career development for women, career development for women returners and media and presentation training. For more information, please visit: www.wisecampaign.org.uk