Team Van Oord is supporting the call to #PressForProgress, the central theme of this year’s International Women’s Day (8 March).
International Women’s Day focuses on collective action and shared responsibility for driving gender parity – a sentiment echoed by Team Van Oord and its partners.
In the fight for equality, Team Van Oord is committed to: celebrating women’s achievements; querying all-male speaking panels; diversifying candidate shortlists; redefining the status quo and building conducive, flexible work environments.
To celebrate both International Women’s Day and National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March), Team Van Oord partner Kier asked women in a variety of roles why they wanted to get into civil engineering, and how it feels now they are involved.
Eloise Grady, an Apprentice Structures Engineer at Kier, said:
“Engineering has always been something I have enjoyed, both the practical and theory side of things.
“Taking engineering as a subject in my GCSE years, I knew it was the career path I wanted to take.
“Engineering has so many different aspects as well as many different career paths. Knowing the impact you are making is rewarding in itself. The reward is mainly the contribution to public welfare.”
The initiative is also supported by the Environment Agency, which is calling on its partners to:
- Maintain a gender parity mindset
- Challenge stereotypes and bias
- Forge positive visibility of women
- Influence others’ beliefs/actions
Phil Ramsay, Team Van Oord’s National Framework Manager, said:
“Team Van Oord is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience of any individual – no matter of their gender, ethnicity or background.
“International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Team Van Oord’s female employees – while calling for more to be done to create an equal society.”
James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, said:
“200 years from now is too long to wait for gender parity – it’s up to all of us to accelerate that timetable.
“The personal really is political and vice versa. Gender parity is not an abstract concept; it’s something I want for my wife, my three daughters and for myself.
“We shouldn’t be downhearted. There has never been a better time to be a woman. We should celebrate the progress made over the last decades, and the countless women (and some men) who helped make it.”
National Apprenticeship Week
Team Van Oord is also supporting National Apprenticeship week, which celebrates the success of apprenticeships while encouraging even more people to choose an apprenticeship as a pathway to a great career.
The theme for the #NAW2018 is ‘Apprenticeships Work’ – showcasing how apprenticeships work for individuals, employers, the community and the wider economy.
08 March 2018