Transition - Tideway helps redress the balance of our industry workforce

Last updated: 01 November 2018

Transition - Tideway helps redress the balance of our industry workforce

ADBE - Dr Nike Folayan

Nearly 50 students were in attendance at the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers’ (AFBE-UK) first Transition event in London. The collaborative event between AFBE-UK and London South Bank University took place on 21 – 22 June 2016. The event saw students from universities across London benefit from a series of employability workshops, CV review, mock interviews, group assessments and an engineering challenge on smart infrastructure.

Reports by Engineering UK indicate that there is lower representation of black and ethnic minorities (BME) in engineering professions which can be attributed to a wide range of socio-economic factors, one of which is a lack of professional advice at critical junctures in engineering career progression.

Nike Folayan, chair of the AFBE - UK explains why Transition is vital:

“Just 7% of working adults from the BME community pursue engineering careers. This under representation is the result of many factors, but this event focuses on giving students who are already keen to enter our industry that final push they need to transition from student to engineering professional. Some students don’t have the experience and confidence they need to produce a compelling CV or perform as well as they could at interview. Redressing the balance must mean the industry is inclusive of all diverse groups. That’s where Transition comes in and where we need support from within our industry”.

Tideway supported this event to help increase diversity and inclusivity across the construction workforce. 

Watch the video to learn more about what Transition is all about.

The full article is available on the AFBE-UK website.

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