Diversity in Engineering 2018
Fast track to a diversity workforce
Siemens Rail Automation was named Britain's best for diversity at the prestigious Semta Skills Awards last night (Thursday March 1).
The company beat off strong competition to win the Diversity in Engineering award, which is supported by Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions, at the Semta Skills Awards 2018 gala dinner in London hosted by BBC presenter Steph McGovern.
Siemens Rail Automation has an ongoing commitment to diversity at every level – the only requirements for successful employment are talent and performance.
Candiece Henry, Senior Project Engineer, based in Birmingham said: "It is amazing to win. The most important thing about Equality, Diversion and Inclusion at Siemens is that it is driven by the people – it is the staff who are coming up with the ideas and it is embedded in the organisation so it is an award for them."
The company's numerous Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives include: a Stop-Reflect-Include poster; an active Siemens Social Network group with nearly 100 members; several regional EDI working groups (with more than 80 members), and has EDI Champions across its UK sites.
It also runs The Gingerbread initiative, offering nine placements for unemployed women looking for work in the transport industry; the Workplace Wheelchair Challenge – where employees spend half a day using a wheelchair in the office, an initiative to raise awareness and improve inclusivity and Military2Rail initiative, specifically for former armed forces personnel, partnered with Help for Heroes, to name just a few.
Siemens also encourage all employees from entry level talent to Executive Management, to participate in community based volunteering opportunities.
Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, the not-for-profit organisation tasked with skilling engineering and manufacturing in the UK said: "Siemens Rail Automation is a very deserving winner of the Semta Skills Awards. Its commitment and approach to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is outstanding.
"In this, the Year of Engineering, it is more important than ever to showcase diversity in the sector and celebrate success.
"If we are to achieve the 800,000 extra engineers we need over the next few years, it is vital we attract a more diverse workforce and widen our talent pool."
The Diversity in Engineering runners up were: Babcock International Group and Transport for London.
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