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CH2M HILL welcomes £30 million fund to boost the number of female engineers
|By Business Wire
|June 13, 2014 12:33 PM EDT
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
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
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
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
to continue its community investment programme by hosting more
skills and employment fairs during 2014 to promote engineering and
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
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
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