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Our categories celebrate amazing women, teams, initiates and forward-thinking companies including the best contractors, consultants and businesses in the sector. Entries are judged by our independent panel of 30+ major industry figures, who ensure integrity and rigour in our awards process.

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ENTRY DEADLINE | 3 May 2024

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Individual categories 

This category seeks to recognise women who work on projects, but not in a direct engineering or construction capacity, who still play a crucial part in project delivery. These might be project managers or those from other disciplines such as marketing, quantity surveying, cost management, supply chain management or data management.

Please note this category is for women who have worked in industry for more than 10 years. For those who are within their first 10 years of their career in the industry please enter the ‘Rising Star – Contribution to a Project’ category.

If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to present to the judges virtually this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August, exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of the nominee’s expertise in their field
  • An example of a significant challenge affecting the project that the nominee worked on and description of how this was overcome, giving evidence of innovation/collaboration/problem solving
  • The impact the nominee’s work has had on the project outcome and how this has been shared for future learning

This category is open to any inspirational person, inclusive of all genders, who has gone above and beyond to promote gender diversity through their own work within the construction or engineering sector.  

Please note this category is for women who have worked in the industry for more than 10 years. For those who are within their first 10 years of their career, please enter the ‘Rising Star – Contribution to a Gender Diversity’ category.

If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to present to the judges virtually this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August, exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of innovation/outstanding work in the field of gender diversity
  • Outcomes and whether the work has led to sustainable change
  • How learnings have been shared with the sector
  • Anything that gives the nominee the “wow” factor

The Technical Excellence category for the industry’s rising stars seeks to celebrate women in the early stages in their career who are simply great in their specialist field, whether that’s geotechnical engineering, civil engineering, digital design, carbon reduction or construction on site. These nominees deliver excellence combined with innovation and collaboration to make a significant impact in the planning or delivery of a project.

The entrant must have no more than 10 years of industry experience excluding any career breaks. This should include a supporting testimonial.

If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to attend our offices to present in-person to the judges, this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August, exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of individual’s technical expertise in their field
  • An example of a significant technical challenge the nominee was involved with and description of how this was overcome, with evidence of innovation/collaboration/problem solving
  • The impact the nominee’s work has had on the project procurement, design or outcome and how this has been shared for future learning

This category seeks to recognise early career women who work on projects, but not in a direct engineering or construction capacity, who still play a crucial part in project delivery. These might be project managers or those from other disciplines such as marketing, quantity surveying, cost management, supply chain management or data management.

The entrant must have no more than 10 years of industry experience and the entry must be backed by a supporting testimonial. The 10 years excludes any career breaks.

If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to attend our offices to present in-person to the judges, this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August, exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of the nominee’s expertise in their field
  • An example of a significant challenge affecting the project that the nominee worked on and description of how this was overcome, giving evidence of innovation/collaboration/problem solving
  • The impact the nominee’s work has had on the project outcome and how this has been shared for future learning

This category is open to any inspirational early career person, not just women, who have gone above and beyond to promote gender diversity through their own work in the construction or engineering sectors.  

The entrant must have no more than 10 years of industry experience and the entry must be backed by a supporting testimonial. The 10 years excludes any career breaks.

If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to attend our offices to present in-person to the judges, this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August, exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of innovation/outstanding work in the field of gender diversity
  • Outcomes and whether the work has led to sustainable change
  • How learnings have been shared with the sector
  • Anything that gives the nominee the “wow” factor

This category seeks to recognise an individual, not just women, who have gone above and beyond to promote the opportunities available to young people through STEM based studies and careers. Whether it has been through promoting science, technology, engineering and maths in schools and colleges or running outreach activities, this person has worked to encourage young people into STEM careers.  

Please note this category will recognise individuals. For company or organisation initiatives encouraging young people into STEM careers please enter the ‘Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative of the Year’ or ‘Excellence on Outreach’ category.

If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to attend our offices to present in-person to the judges, this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August, exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of innovation/outstanding work in promoting STEM subjects or careers
  • Description of activities that have taken place
  • Feedback from recipients/metrics on its effectiveness

This category looks to recognise an individual ally who has gone the extra mile to encourage greater diversity and inclusion in order to support women within construction and engineering. This category is open to anyone, as long as they can demonstrate consistent gender allyship.

If you are shortlisted for this award, the individual nominated will be invited for an interview with the judges virtually this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August , exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Outstanding examples of allyship towards women in the industry
  • Evidence of the impact they have had on developing diversity and inclusion
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

The Technical Excellence category seeks to celebrate women who are simply great in their specialist field, whether that’s engineering, digital design, carbon reduction or construction on site. These nominees deliver excellence combined with innovation and collaboration to make a significant impact in the planning or delivery of a project making them a critical role model for the industry.

If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to attend our offices to present in-person to the judges, this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August, exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for: Evidence of the individual’s technical expertise in their field An example of a significant technical challenge the nominee was involved with and description of how this was overcome, with evidence of innovation/collaboration/problem solving The impact the nominee’s work has had on the project procurement, design or outcome and how this has been shared for future learning

This category seeks to shine a deserving light on the remarkable contributions made by women occupying back-office and non-consumer facing roles, such as marketing, communication and office management. Often working diligently behind the scenes, these individuals play a pivotal role in steering and helping their organisations. This award is designed to honour those who consistently go above and beyond for their companies, but are not often recognised.

If you are shortlisted for this award, the individual nominated will be invited for an interview with the judges virtually this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August , exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of the nominee’s expertise in their field
  • An example of their impactful contributions and how this nominee’s work has helped their teams or organisations, giving evidence of innovation/collaboration/problem solving
  • The impact the nominee’s work has had within their organisation

This is a category aimed at women in leadership positions from all types of specialist suppliers who have used their positions to inspire and engage the workforce and improve outcomes for customers and their business.

If you are shortlisted for this award, the individual nominated will be invited for an interview with the judges virtually this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August , exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • How their work has impacted their firms’ workforce, customers and community
  • Feedback from staff and stakeholders
  • What makes them “one of a kind”

This is a category aimed at women in leadership positions at main or specialist contractors who have used their positions to inspire and engage the workforce and improve outcomes for customers and their business.

If you are shortlisted for this award, the individual nominated will be invited for an interview with the judges virtually this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August , exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • How their work has impacted their firms’ workforce, customers and community
  • Feedback from staff and stakeholders
  • What makes them “one of a kind”

This is a category aimed at women in leadership positions in engineering or construction consultants who have used their positions to inspire and engage the workforce and improve outcomes for customers and their business.

If you are shortlisted for this award, the individual nominated will be invited for an interview with the judges virtually this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August , exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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  • How their work has impacted their firms’ workforce, customers and community
  • Feedback from staff and stakeholders
  • What makes them “one of a kind”

Organisation categories 

This category looks to recognise teams, divisions or companies that have gone the extra mile to inspire women to consider a career in engineering or construction. Whether it is promoting science, technology, engineering and maths in schools and colleges, or mentoring work placements and new joiners or working with youth organisations, this organisation deserves recognition for encouraging women to take part in the engineering and construction sector.

This entry is judged solely on your written submission, please ensure you upload facts, figures and testimonials in your supporting evidence.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Ethos and drivers behind outreach work
  • Description of outreach work itself
  • Feedback from recipients/metrics on its effectiveness

This is a category aimed at leadership teams from engineering or construction firms who champion a more equal, diverse and inclusive workplace and use their positions to inspire and engage their workforce and improve outcomes for customers and their business. Whether it is promotion of women into senior positions or fostering inclusive leadership, this award seeks to recognise executive teams, management boards or senior leadership that champion women at all levels.

Please note this category is for leadership teams. To nominate individuals showing excellence in leadership please enter the ‘Inspirational Leader’ category.

This entry is judged solely on your written submission, please ensure you upload facts, figures and testimonials in your supporting evidence.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Diverse leadership and management teams
  • Evidence of effective leadership that supports and promotes women within the organisation
  • Details of initiatives and programmes that have made a significant contribution to improving the support of women in their workforce
  • How the team inspire women within their own organisation and wider supply chain
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction and engineering industry who can demonstrate excellence in equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives. Whether it is an initiative to improve diversity with leadership teams, recruitment or retention, this award recognises the industry leading EDI initiatives to further develop and encourage women within the sector. These initiatives could cover support for those going through menopause, flexible working, or schemes to help parents and carers.

Your initiative may come from head office, project delivery level or might also be as part of a partnership, framework or joint venture.

If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to attend our offices to present in-person to the judges, this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August, exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award
  • Evidence of an initiative or that has made a significant contribution to improving the support of women in their workforce
  • An example of a significant challenge and description of how this was overcome, giving evidence of innovation/collaboration/problem solving
  • The impact the work has had on project outcomes or the organisation and how this has been shared wider for future learning

This category is open to all women’s networks that champion women and gender diversity within the sector or their organisation. The network might be a cross-industry group or is maybe a company-wide one developed by contractors, clients, consultants and suppliers working in the construction and engineering industry. The awards celebrates the employee teams that strive to ensure that the views of women are highlighted and drive change within their organisation or industry.

This award is open to women’s networks from employee teams and cross industry groups.

If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to attend our offices to present in-person to the judges, this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August, exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Why the network is critical to their business or sector and the impact its work has had
  • How gender diversity and the network initiatives of their members are promoted and utilised
  • Provide evidence of how the network is facilitating change within their organisation or industry
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category looks to recognise teams, divisions or companies that have gone above and beyond to promote mental health support and wellbeing in engineering or construction. From pioneering educational programmes aimed at fostering awareness to providing robust mental health support and actively addressing bias surrounding mental health constraints, this award celebrates employers who are doing the best to support their workforce in these areas.

This entry is judged solely on your written submission, please ensure you upload facts, figures and testimonials in your supporting evidence.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Provide explanation of initiatives and programmes to promote mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Impact of these initialise and provide evidence for the success of these schemes for staff
  • Originality in schemes which are supporting staff or providing education on mental wellbeing
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to organisations that have made outstanding contributions to inspiring women within the construction and engineering sector. This prestigious award seeks to recognise the very best companies in the sector that have committed to providing an outstanding working environment for women and encouraging greater diversity and inclusion across their organisation.  

This entry should demonstrate how a specific policy, or set of policies, has been introduced to promote fair opportunities for a diverse workforce.

If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to attend our offices to present in-person to the judges, this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August, exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Detail the commitment to diversity within the built environment sector
  • Provide metrics on the success of measures taken to support women within their organisation
  • Demonstratable effort to promote more diversity in leadership
  • Excellence in recruitment and retention of diverse talent
  • Any other stand-out actions that merit this award

This award is open to all types of companies working in the construction and engineering celebrating those who are going above and beyond to support and develop their early career professionals.

This category celebrates those that have dedicated themselves to creating exceptional working environments for their emerging talents. Whether through outreach and employment initiatives, learning and development schemes, or career advancement opportunities, these organisations go the extra mile to nurture and empower the next generation of talent.

This entry should demonstrate how a specific policy, or set of policies, schemes or initiatives have been introduced to support and improve the early career workforce.

If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to present to the judges virtually this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August, exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award
  • Evidence of an initiatives or programmes that have made a contribution to supporting their early careers workforce 
  • Detail any examples and initiatives for the commitment to next generation staff 
  • Provide metrics on the success of measures taken to support early career staff within their organisation 
  • Demonstratable effort to increase diversity in their next generation staff promote more diversity in leadership 
  • The impact the work has had on early career professionals experience or development within the organisation

This category seeks to recognise the best projects and designs that are utilising inclusive design principles to create spaces that are accessible to everyone. These projects create spaces that are welcoming to all regardless of age, sexual orientation, health conditions, disability or ethnicity. This category celebrates the best designs and projects which create a more equitable and accessible experience for everyone, promoting diversity and inclusion.

This award will is open to projects achieved practical completion, or equivalent, between Jan 2023 to March 2024.

If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to present to the judges virtually this will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August, exact dates and times will be confirmed via the announcement. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of how inclusive or universal design principles were utilised
  • Explain how the design created a welcoming space for a diverse range of people 
  • Provide any evidence for the success of the project 
  • Share examples of how initiatives implemented created inclusive design

This category looks to recognise teams, divisions, companies or organisations that go above and beyond in both recruitment and retention. From adopting innovative recruitment practices to eliminating gender bias in application processes and implementing retention schemes that actively promote women into senior leadership roles, this award celebrates employers who go the extra mile. It recognises those who not only champion diversity in their talent acquisition but also invest in initiatives fostering an inclusive environment.

This entry is judged solely on your written submission, please ensure you upload facts, figures and testimonials in your supporting evidence.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Originality of recruitment and retention strategies 
  • Impact of the team’s initiatives evidenced by meaningful data, case studies and employee survey feedback 
  • Evidence of entrants initiatives helping to attract or retain talent 
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award 
  • Initiatives which attract talent into the business from a range of backgrounds and sectors