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CH2M HILL welcomes £30 million fund to boost the number of female engineers

CH2M HILL welcomes the announcement today by Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock MP, that the Government has pledged £30 million to encourage more women into the engineering sector.

The fund, which aims to support the set-up of training programmes to develop future engineers and boost the number of women in the profession, will be a great boost for industry and encourage industry to support women looking to return to the sector. This funding pot will also help individuals with relevant skills to progress to become fully qualified engineers.

Employee-owned CH2M HILL, a programme management and engineering company that employs over 3,400 people in the UK, has worked for a long time to champion women in engineering through its STEM programmes in schools, apprenticeships and active Women’s Network. Last month CH2M HILL was one of the leading companies to support the Government’s ‘Your Life’ campaign launched by Chancellor George Osborne to boost participation of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (the ‘STEM’ subjects). As part of this CH2M HILL pledged to set up a partnership with the Social Mobility Foundation to get young women from disadvantaged backgrounds into engineering and STEM sector careers.

CH2M HILL also takes a leading approach to women in engineering and STEM through its apprenticeship programme. In March this year, Civil Engineering Technician Bethany Wilson, 20, received an award from the Institute of Civil Engineers for being the first female in the country to complete the new civil engineering apprenticeship and was chosen from thousands to be nominated for Apprentice of the Year at the Leeds Apprenticeship Awards.

Director of European Corporate Affairs at CH2M HILL, Jonathan Refoy said: “It is encouraging to see this commitment from Government in supporting more women in engineering. This new fund helps more companies like ours open up opportunities to train more engineers, allowing the industry to provide more people into areas where there may currently be skills shortages.”

CH2M HILL’s Civil Engineering Technician, Bethany Wilson, said: “I am really pleased to see the Government is making this fund available to attract more women into the sector. Engineering is unique in its ability to open up opportunities to work in a variety of different fields. Traditionally seen as a male dominated industry it is great to see more women entering engineering, however there is still a way to go. This fund, along with the close work with industry, will be an important step to help address this.”

Notes to Editor:

1. CH2M HILL is a supporter of the ‘Your Life’ campaign promoted by the Government to get more women into science, technology, engineering and maths subjects and careers paths.

2. As part of this CH2M HILL pledged to:

  • to set up a partnership with the Social Mobility Foundation to launch a programme specifically aimed at getting young women from disadvantaged backgrounds into engineering and STEM sector careers;
  • to commit to leverage its UK Women’s Network to engage directly with young women to provide career advice in schools across the country;
  • to continue its community investment programme by hosting more skills and employment fairs during 2014 to promote engineering and STEM.

3. CH2M HILL has a dedicated Women's Network which provides the opportunity for colleagues to share information, ideas, experiences, and resources. The Network aims to promote an inclusive culture that actively promotes and supports the attraction, development, and retention of women; values the diversity that women bring to the table; and fuels our industry-leading position as one of the best places to work.

4. In 2009 CH2M HILL was the first engineering and construction company to win the Catalyst Award, honouring innovative organisational approaches that advance women in the workplace. The company received the award in 2009 as a one-time recognition of achievement. Also in that year, the company won the top employer in 'Woman Engineer Magazine'.


Employee-owned CH2M HILL is one of the world’s leading consulting, design, design-build, operations, and programme management companies serving government, civil, industrial and energy clients, employing over 30,000 people worldwide. Our work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources.

CH2M HILL has operated in the UK for over 20 years and acquired Halcrow in 2011. Its European headquarters are in London and it employs over 3,400 people in the UK. CH2M HILL is working on some of the most iconic infrastructure programmes including High Speed 2, Thames Tideway Tunnels, the decommissioning of Dounreay and was one of the leading partners in CLM, Delivery Partner to the ODA for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

CH2M HILL is an active member of Business in the Community and the Employee Ownership Association.

Visit us at ch2mhill.com, twitter.com/ch2mhill and facebook.com/ch2mhill

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