The evidence is unequivocally clear that diversity within a workforce improves productivity. The construction industry has a lot of catching up to do here, but the signs are encouraging, and the will is there to change. The very fact that construction is starting from a lower base on diversity than most industries means that the gains to be had are greater. That’s an exciting opportunity.
This new one day summit will take a look at how the construction industry has approached different diversity streams around gender, race, LGBT, how they got started, how they have got support from stakeholders, and reaped the rewards. It will also look to other sectors and how the narrative is moving away from labelling groups, and initiatives to attract certain groups, top a more holistic approach that creates an environment where anyone from any background can belong.
|08:00||Registration and networking breakfast|
Opening remarks from the chair
'Diversity' why it is important and how to deliver the 4 stage action plan for change
Having struggled herself to find a sense of belonging, Anjali made it her personal aim to have companies discuss cultures and traditions to understand individuals as well as be attractive for the next generation. We struggle to bridge a massive barrier but is this down to our mindsets and stereotypes we have? After hearing she “...would not last in a man’s world”, the same man now proudly holds her graduation photo in his office. This seminar will cover Anjali's experience especially as a subcontractor, presenting findings from her research on students, ending with a 4-stage action plan.
Presented by: Anjali Pindoria, Project Surveyor at Avi Contracts Ltd
|10:00||Networking refreshment break|
How have other sectors led the way with creating an inclusive environment?
|11:15||Networking coffee break|
How to deal with inappropriate behaviour, identifying it, and managing in various environments from office to on site
|12:15||Networking buffet lunch|
Afternoon remarks from the chair
Debate: Construction is segmented like no other industry.
Architectural practices, quantity surveyors, tier one contractor’s, sub-contractors, product manufacturers, supply chain and builders merchants (just for starters) all contribute in delivering services for the client. What role does the client play in creating a belonging culture, and how well are the different professionals within our industry doing in this area. This session will be supported by associations and media partners (Builders Merchant Federation, the FIS, and Builders Merchant news, for example).
Laying the foundations for the next gen of school leavers and what construction will look like in 10, 15 and 20 years from now
|14:30||Networking Refreshment break|
Dealing with and defeating unconscious bias
|15:45||The Productivity gains from getting it right
Closing remarks from the chair
|16:45||Close of Summit|