Emma Brett, Senior Geotechnical Engineer at our London office took part in an industry event last week ‘Discussing Gender Diversity in Construction’ which explored gender diversity in the industry and what it means for the sector’s bottom line.

The event was hosted by AluK and included an all-female expert panel, chaired by Sandi Rhys Jones OBE with perspectives from all aspects of the industry.

The discussions explored a range of issues including the gender pay gap, flexible working, balanced workforces, company culture, how inclusive leadership can lead to long-term productivity and ‘tipping points’ that make women leave the industry.

Jenny Young, Head of Diversity at The Royal Academy of Engineering showcased CGL as a leading example of gender diversity, demonstrating how CGL is committed to fostering an inclusive working environment.

Emma contributed to the discussion by sharing the view among herself and her peers that there isn’t a wholehearted perception of gender imbalance at a junior level in the office environment but that there is a lack of senior female role models generally within the industry.

The importance of attracting more women into a career in the construction industry is a key need within the UK and CGL will continue to play its part by providing role models for young women to follow.

Last year CGL published The Female Face of Civil Engineering (at tffoce.net) which aims to encourage more 14-16 year old girls to study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and consider a career in civil engineering and the construction industry.

To read the event report please click here.