Inspiring Women Awards shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the Inspiring Women in Construction & Engineering Awards has been revealed.

In total, 40 entrants across seven categories are in the running to claim a prestigious gong at the awards ceremony, sponsored by Curtins and Willmott Dixon.

The seven categories recognise the women and teams who stand out as exceptional. They are designed to showcase both individual and organisation-wide initiatives (see full shortlist here).

New Civil Engineer editor Claire Smith said: “Congratulations to our shortlist this year. I’m delighted to be bringing back the Recognising Women in Engineering Awards in this new format, and in collaboration with Construction News, to help shine a light on inspiring role models and employers who are empowering women in their organisations.”

Construction News editor Colin Marrs added: “The volume and quality of the entries for the 2022 awards is a testament to the strides on gender diversity being made year on year by the construction and engineering industries. Congratulations to all of those shortlisted in what was a very competitive field.”

Award-winners will be announced at a gala event in London on the evening of 6 October. In addition to winning a trophy, the individual winners will receive mentoring support through the programme to boost their careers.

Full details of the categories and criteria can be found on the event website.

The awards are part of the Inspiring Women in Construction & Engineering initiative run by Construction News and New Civil Engineer. Building on the previous NCE Recognising Women in Engineering Awards and CN Inspiring Women in Construction, the two publications are working together to provide networking opportunities and learning resources to help women progress in their careers, and also celebrate the organisations that are great places to work for women.

As part of the initiative, construction and engineering firms have committed to improving gender equality in the sector by signing up to the Inspiring Women in Construction & Engineering Pledge.

The pledge is a commitment from organisations to strive for a more inclusive industry, improve business environments for women and champion equal representation on boards.

In signing the pledge, organisations agree to support the initiative and aspire to change in areas such as:

  • Attracting, developing and promoting more women in our company and industry, and to do this in a fair way;
  • Closing the gender pay gap;
  • Championing and recognising the achievements of women; and
  • Working collaboratively to create an environment that welcomes and helps to retain women.

So far, 50 firms have signed the pledge, including big names such as Aecom, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Lendlease and Multiplex. The National Infrastructure Commission has also recently put its weight behind the campaign and signed up.

Click here for a full list of signatories.

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