BAM Nuttall, a leading civil engineering contractor, established its Women@BAM group to attract talented women into the business, and support and retain them to develop their careers to their full potential. The group provides a platform for people to talk openly and ask for advice and influence change.
Through this group, we have achieved a 3.5% increase of women in middle management roles in 2015 from 2014; 6 women within the business were recognised for their personal achievements with industry awards in 2015; 90 girls and their parents / guardian were introduced to careers in civil engineering on our ‘bring your daughter to work day; 95% of people attending the forums in 2015 said there are visible and inspiring role models within BAM Nuttall compared with 79% in 2014; 92 % of attendees to 2015 regional forum said “I feel that I work in an inclusive environment”.
Last year we delivered a number of successful events and celebrated achievements:
In April, we held our first Bring your Daughter to Work day, which introduced and promoted Civil Engineering across the UK to over 90 girls aged 8–18 and their parents.(70% of girl’s career choices are influenced by their parents) The events were a great success, and below are some comments we received:
“I learned about all the different roles that are needed, and that you don’t have to go to university”
“I enjoyed the practical side of the day and that got me interested”
“I enjoyed the encouragement for women in industry”
“I will ensure Bring your Daughter to Work Day becomes embedded within BAM.”
In June, we held our second annual Women@BAM regional forums at 7 locations across the UK. The forums have provided positive engagement and a platform for open discussion. In 2015 our theme of inclusive language and behaviour was thought provoking for many and attendees took away actions to implement small changes within their area of influence, and we are starting to see positive impact
A short film was produced to raise awareness of gender biased language and behaviours within our business. This has provoked great discussion and publicly received accolade on twitter.
We are working with our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suppliers to improve fit for women – improving the safety and comfort of the PPE that our women have available to them.
We have enhanced our maternity package inspired by external research.
We continue to challenge the current culture within construction by collaborating with and influencing a number of organisations on the gender diversity, such as CITB, NAWIC, WES, WISE and Women in Rail.
We believe that diverse teams bring a wider range of talents, skill and perspectives into an organisation. Our Women@BAM group has opened up our talent pool; supports potential future skills shortages; increased our creative, innovate solutions; and increased staff engagement, productivity, motivation and retention.