Construction News and New Civil Engineer are joining forces this year to champion the role of women in construction and engineering.
The joint initiative builds on previously separate initiatives from CN and NCE.
Among other activities, NCE has championed the achievements of women through its awards event, Recognising Women in Engineering, first held in June 2018. The awards programme has been developed in association with Curtins. NCE is also a member of the BBC’s 50:50 project, which aims for balanced representation of women in media reports.
CN, meanwhile, has run its Inspiring Women programme of workshops, conferences and webinars since February 2018. Willmott Dixon has provided headline sponsorship for the programme since its inception.
The two publications will now work together with a twofold mission: to provide networking opportunities and other resources to help women make career progress; and to help companies in the sector become better employers for women.
Our programme of activity across the year includes:
- Women in Construction & Engineering Survey- Have your say and help inform our future workshop and conference programme by taking part
- The promise of modern mentoring– 29 March webinar, shining a light on the contribution mentoring can make to improve the industry’s lack of diversity
- Shortlist workshop – 21 July, a learning and development opportunity for successful nominations
- Conference and awards – 6 October, celebrate the role models and organisations going above and beyond
I have seen a lot of changes in the sector since I started out as an engineering graduate 25 years ago, with a number of women now holding business-leading positions.
I am looking forward to working with the NCE team on the vital topic of gender equality. We are launching our joint initiative on International Women’s Day, but we realise that driving improvement throughout construction and engineering will be a long-term task. We want every day to be a day when women get the recognition and opportunities they deserve.