Recognising the work of SMEs on diversity in engineering

Nov 15, 2022

Through recognising good practice and achievements from both individuals and organisations driving forward good work in diversity and inclusion, the 2023 Engineering Talent Awards (ETAs) set out to celebrate the diverse population among the industry.

There is a variety of award categories and EngineeringUK is proud to be sponsoring the Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) of the Year award, to recognise and reward a SME which has made a commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive engineering industry.

Do you know any SMEs committed to creating a diverse and inclusive industry?

Engineering is made up of many organisations, both big and small, working with young people to grow the workforce and inspire tomorrow’s engineers. It is important to not only celebrate the larger engineering organisations that are committed to widening participation and creating a diverse industry, but we also need to recognise the smaller organisations that are working towards this goal.

EngineeringUK is proud to be supporting the award that celebrates the work of SMEs. Susi Farnworth, Head of Internal Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at EngineeringUK, commented: “It is important to reward and recognise the breadth of talent in the engineering sector, celebrate diversity and acknowledge the companies, programmes and individuals that are working towards creating an inclusive and representative workforce. We are proud to be supporting the Engineering Talent Awards which will recognise brilliant engineers and engineering organisations in this space.”

Dr Mark McBride-Wright, awards founder and EqualEngineers Managing Director, said: “The awards aim to raise the profile of the engineering and technology professions across the UK and highlight diversity in engineering on a national platform...

“Through showcasing role models and inspiring people, we can celebrate the diversity of organisations and engineers…We will shine a light on the individuals and organisations working to promote and diversify in the engineering and technology sector while acknowledging milestones in business, media, politics and grassroots activism.”

A full list of award categories for the 2023 Engineering Talent Awards can be found below:

  • Engineering Apprentice of the Year
  • Engineering Graduate of the Year
  • Engineering Student of the Year
  • Engineer of the Year
  • Engineering Returner of the Year
  • Engineering Society of the Year
  • Inclusion Programme of the Year
  • Employee Network of the Year
  • Innovation of the Year
  • Small-Medium Enterprise of the Year, supported by EngineeringUK
  • Large Employer of the Year

Previous winners have included engineering apprentice of the year at Dyson, engineer of the year at Transport for London and FJD Consulting as SME of the year, for their work in increasing the diversity and inclusion in engineering. Last year’s ETAs honoured Costain Group’s disability and wellbeing network with the Overall Excellence in Engineering Award. They were recognised for their work to support people with Down's Syndrome and autism into work and presenting to Crossrail and HS2 on neurodiversity, while also embedding inclusive design engineering standards into their processes and training.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 17 February 2023 at 5pm and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 14 September 2023.

Find out more on the Engineering Talent Awards website.

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