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 Vicki Reynolds, Head of Digital at i3PT
'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|
The value of affinity networks for increasing inclusion within Construction
Balfour Beatty established its first affinity networks in 2014 and has continued to grow and develop them, in this session we will look at the issues surrounding setting up the networks, best practices and pitfalls and how they have helped us to share and embed out equality diversity and inclusion strategy.
A case study on our experience in establishing affinity networks and harnessing our employees to shape and embed the wider Balfour Beatty ED & I strategy. Some key learning on the establishment and development of the networks within one o the UK’s leading Construction and Infrastructure contractors.
Presented by: Amanda McKay, MBA CQP FCQI TD, Quality Director at Balfour Beatty Major Projects
|11:15||Networking coffee break|
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.
Willmott Dixon - Our Journey to Improving Gender Balance
Presented by Rick Lee, Chief People Officer, Willmott Dixon
|12:30||Networking buffet lunch|
Afternoon remarks from the chair Vicki Reynolds, Head of Digital at i3PT
Providing Inclusive Learning
By providing inclusive training, we ensure that the differences of the individuals being trained are valued, remove the barriers to learning, provide a better learning experience and achieve increased engagement.
The Delivery of Inclusive Training:
An opportunity to explore the considerations needed to make learning sessions inclusive for a wide and diverse audience, take away a systematic approach to learning delivery to provide a better delegate experience
Presented by: Kevin Bowsher QPM, Assoc CIPD, FRSA, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Mace Group Ltd
How to deal with inappropriate behaviour, identifying it, and managing it in various environments from office to on site.
Virtually every employer has a policy on diversity and some have robust standards. There is however little evidence of anything in the way of ascertaining whether the policies and standards are being followed and met, particularly across the various tiers of suppliers, including the professionals. Construction relies on multi-disciplined teams with different employers working together. So we have quite a jumble of cultures, behaviours, skills and experiences coming together in a pressurised work environment. Little wonder we struggle with this.
Presented by: Gren Tipper FCIOB, Operations Director Construction Clients' Leadership Group (CCLG)
|15:00||Networking refreshment break|
Creating an inclusive, value based company culture; From analysis and insight to sustainable change.
In this session Katae will explore:
Presented by: Jenny Hinde, Director, The Clear Company
Three Things that can Transform your Approach to Become Far More Productive in your D&I Efforts.
This session is about UB, Belonging and Mindset. Harish will
Presented by: Harish Bhayani, Senior Partner Inclusion, Diversity & Equality at PRM Diversity Consultants
Closing remarks from the chair Vicki Reynolds, Head of Digital at i3PT
|17:00||Close of Summit|
*It may be necessary for reasons beyond our reasonable control to alter the advertised content, timing and/or location of the event or the advertised speakers. We reserve the right to do this at any time.