Women in Infrastructure – Drinks 2018
Last month, Temple hosted it’s first Women in Infrastructure Drinks Reception with some of our Clients. This builds on the success of our annual Women in Infrastructure Dinner which celebrates the diversity of our industry in a relaxed networking event.
Temple’s Women in Infrastructure group was established in 2016, with the aim of creating an environment for our Clients, colleagues and associates to network and get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. The drive for this initiative over the last two years stemmed from waves of activity taking place across the industry to increase the number of women working in the infrastructure sector.
We have received positive comments from our Clients regarding these events and they always prove to be very popular networking events. Seren Cole from TfL explains why she likes to attend this ‘women only’ event:
“The Women in Infrastructure events are a great opportunity for women across the sector to come together for networking, sharing knowledge, skills and experiences. It is great to see how these events have grown in popularity and how they provide a platform to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women across the industry. They are a highlight in my calendar.”
Over 100 years since women were first given the vote, 2018 has been dubbed the Year of the Woman. Though the fight for equality goes on in domestic and cultural issues, the focus is shifting to professional environments.
Only 11% of the engineering workforce is female, according to a 2017 survey, increasing from 9% in 2015, there is still a long way to go.
We can see examples for a real drive to increase the number of women in STEM fields, from networking groups like the IET’s Women’s Network, to societies such as MIPIM Ladies in the property sector, Women in Rail and Women in Transport for Infrastructure, Women in Architecture and Women into Construction. The aim of these is to create role models and encourage young women entering the workforce to consider a career in STEM.
Major infrastructure projects like Thames Tideway Tunnel are doing their part, launching their commitment to increase inclusivity on the project and in the construction industry. Crossrail have teamed up with Women into Construction to help address gender diversity and covers the need to recruit more women in their Equality Strategy.
Temple is very proud to be a part of the wider initiative by continuing with our Women in Infrastructure initiative. We wanted to create a unique way of interacting with key females across the industry with the aim of creating an informal and friendly environment. We’re pleased to be making a small contribution to these wider efforts and look forward to trying to find other ways of achieving this.
Should you wish to be contacted regarding future events, please email Lheah Zorlakkis at Lheah.Zorlakkis@templegroup.co.uk