Mandy Lester, a senior process engineer in Bristol, has been awarded the Karen Burt Memorial Award during the centenary year of the Women's Engineering Society (WES). Mandy was nominated by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for the accolade, which is presented in recognition of the best newly chartered female engineer in the UK.
In the past couple of weeks, we’ve signed three separate gender equality charters to help hold ourselves to account for being the very best at fostering a diverse and inclusive culture for all, while providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels.
“I’m Ben, an engineering student doing an Industrial Placement Year with Atkins. Last Christmas I applied for a placement in Transportation, but was unsuccessful in the situational judgement test. This meant I could not continue the process and I hadn’t got the placement.
Our strengths lie in our differences. We want to be a sector leader when it comes to inclusivity. And in celebration of National Inclusion Week, we got the Atkineers together to share ideas, experiences and views on what inclusion means every day.
Clare Evans has worked at SNC-Lavalin for 13 years and is currently a project manager and business change leader. She’s also Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) network leader for the Middle East & Africa region.
The early evening of 6 May marked the beginning of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the month of fasting for Muslims. This religious festival, which is observed by millions around the world, is underpinned by five pillars: Fasting, confession of faith, five daily prayers, Zakat (charity) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).
The barriers women face in a male dominated work space are top of our agenda at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group. But just talking about them isn’t enough. We’re constantly working on our attitudes from the top down and supporting women’s career advancement at all stages. #insideAtkins caught up with graduate Jenny Evans, whose crucial management role means she’s had to overcome that female stereotype of not speaking up or being assertive.
Although gender stereotypes are being challenged more and more, ‘practical’ fields are still seen as ‘jobs for men’. Fortunately, women like Julie are smashing these misconceptions. Read how her engineering career is taking off at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group.
Preeti works in Engineering Project Design Management at Atkins. When we asked her what it is she does she said: “I collaborate to solve problems using lateral thinking – it is suffice to say, no two days are the same.”
As Elsa Cole says, “Some cancer survivors have a lot more going on than cancer!” Read how the aggressive radiation therapy that saved her life complicated her diagnosis of Trigeminal Neuralgia. And how at Atkins, she’s drawing on her personal challenges to innovate and make a difference for people with similar needs.