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Diversity and inclusion and encouraging the next generation

As the designers of society’s future, the construction industry is better-placed than many others to appeal to the next generation of talent and make the most of its pivotal role in shaping projects that change lives. The industry has a unique appeal which can meet the emerging generation’s strong sense of purpose and values, but companies and workplaces need to become more diverse and promote inclusion if the industry is to attract and promote the leaders of the future.

The construction sector has particular challenges around diversity. 14% of the UK’s population classifies as BAME but only 1.2% of the built environment sector is BAME. Given that the role of planning and the building industry should be to create diverse and inclusive communities, the sector should be reflective of this. So, why there is a lack of ethnic diversity in the construction sector? What are the main prejudices faced by ethnic minorities in the property and construction industry? And, what can individuals and companies do to start addressing this?

This webinar explored how the industry can make the necessary changes to ensure that it attracts and retains talent and becomes the sector of choice for the business leaders of tomorrow and crucially explore how it can make the industry more attractive to talented professionals from diverse backgrounds.

Speakers include:

  • Roma Agrawal, Engineer, Author, Speaker and Presenter
  • Anjali Pindoria, Avi Contracts
  • Sendra Sylvester, ED&I Specialist, Atkins
  • Verity Barr, Director, BECG

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