Speaking about the publication of the charter, CIHT Chief Executive, Sue Percy, said: “As an Institution that is committed to valuing and respecting the diversity of individuals we are very pleased to be launching the Diversity and Inclusion Charter. Through this and other initiatives we will continue to encourage and support people of all ages and backgrounds to join both CIHT and the engineering profession.”
In signing the charter, Hydrock’s Managing Director, Dr Brian McConnell, said: “As a Corporate Partner of the CIHT, we are pleased to sign this charter as a mark of our own commitment to making and strengthening the case for diversity and inclusion both within this specific sector and across the wider engineering sector in which we are proud to operate. This is a clear message to our clients, supply chain, and employees – current and future, that we take this agenda very seriously and reflects the diverse communities in which we work.”
In October 2015, CIHT launched Routes to Diversity & Inclusion, the first toolkit designed specifically for the highways and transportation sector to help employers recruit, retain and develop a diverse workforce.
The Toolkit featured as a recommendation in the Department for Transport’s recently published Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy: Building Sustainable Skills – Moving Britain Ahead. CIHT consider the toolkit to be the first step towards improving the diversity and inclusion culture in this sector to enable the industry to reap the proven business benefits of workplace diversity, and the support of Hydrock and others to the charter is the next positive step towards that goal.