Equity, diversity and inclusion

Research shows that increased workforce diversity improves innovation, creativity, productivity, resilience and market insight. We are proud members of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei), the UK's leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. EngineeringUK was awarded the enei TIDE Silver Award in 2023. 

We all want everyone to feel they belong and thrive at EngineeringUK. We understand that we have different needs, we value our differences and create opportunities for every voice to be heard.

We believe this is key to achieving diversity at all levels in the organisation and helps us deliver our mission to encourage more young people from all backgrounds to work in engineering and technology.

We have a critical role to play in helping the engineering sector to be more effective by growing the diversity of its workforce. We want to see more young people from groups underrepresented in engineering consider a career in the industry, giving them the opportunity of a rewarding career, raising the quality of engineering and addressing the engineering skills shortage.

We want young people from all groups proportionately present in and well prepared for engineering pathways at age 19. We offer a range of bursaries to schools who work with young people from groups who are underrepresented in the engineering profession. This is to support these schools to involve more young people in STEM and engineering engagement programmes and/or enhance the experience for these young people.

In our equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy we set out how we aim to work towards achieving our vision:

  • EngineeringUK policies, practices and procedures
  • Delivering higher impact interventions to underrepresented young people
  • Continually improving the uptake and impact of our programmes
  • Share evidence-based good practice
  • Supporting external stakeholders to develop inclusive practices
  • Working strategically and collaboratively to embed EDI in STEM inspiration activities across the sector.