This September, EqualEngineers will be hosting careers fairs in five regions across the UK, with a difference. Aimed at anyone who is considering a career in engineering or technology – be it school leavers or career changers, the fair looks to connect inclusive employers with motivated talent from a diverse range of backgrounds.
An informal space, where opportunity-seekers can meet employers and others in the industry face to face, the fair will feature a variety of exhibitors from across the sector, including regional and national employers, training providers and educational establishments. All will be ready to discuss current opportunities including apprenticeships, placements, internships and graduate schemes.
Dates and locations for the fairs are:
- September 19th: Midlands – Birmingham
- September 21st: South West – Bristol
- September 22nd: North West – Manchester
- September 26th: Scotland – Edinburgh
- September 29th: London – Bishopsgate
Confirmed exhibitors across the regions include Google, ExxonMobile, GKN Aerospace, Wood and many more.
EqualEngineers founder, Mark McBride-Wright says:
‘Students and graduates looking for opportunities in engineering and tech should come along to have a chat with our exhibitors. Apprenticeships nowadays are also a fantastic way to build up your skills and knowledge in the sector whilst getting paid. We are seeing great opportunities out there for people wanting to embark on a career change or have their first step on the career ladder, and our aim at EqualEngineers is to increase social mobility within the engineering and technology profession specifically. We are especially keen to see people from under-represented groups in the profession, such as females; people from ethnic minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+); and disabled people at the fair.’
‘This really is about inclusivity and opportunities for people who had maybe thought this sector wouldn’t be for them.
‘Our work with companies has also shown that they benefit greatly from having a more diverse workforce and inclusive workplace and we are keen to hear from further exhibitors.’
Cadent Gas, who exhibited at the Graduate Fair in 2017 says:
‘With such a plethora of interest, many coming from our affiliation with EqualEngineers, we are excited about a more diverse set of candidates for our assessment and selection processes.’
In 2019, EqualEngineers will be delivering the employer-side of Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS’s) 12 national exhibitions marking a significant scale-up of operations highlighting the appetite to increase diversity across all industries.
For information on the different fairs, and to book your place, go to: https://equalengineers.com/upcoming-fairs/
Recruiters: If you are interested in exhibiting please email email@example.com.
EqualEngineers was set up to make the Engineering & Technology sectors more diverse and inclusive. Their belief is that the sector lacks in diversity and inclusion of under-represented groups, which is proven to increase performance, growth and innovation, as well as improve health, safety and wellbeing. EqualEngineers provides a solution to this through training, recruitment, media and events.
About Dr Mark McBride-Wright CEng MIChemE
Mark McBride-Wright, PhD, CEng, IChemE is a recognised diversity and inclusion leader. He is Founder and Managing Director of EqualEngineers, a company focused on connecting inclusive employers with diverse talent in the engineering and technology sectors and offering a wide array of D&I consultancy services alongside annual careers fairs and networking events. He is also Chair and Co-Founder of InterEngineering, a non-profit industry body that connects, informs and empowers LGBT+ engineers and supporters with a membership of over 1,000 engineers across 4 regional groups across the UK. Mark is Founding Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group for the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), External Advisor to the Metropolitan Police, sitting on their Strategic Inclusion Diversity & Equality (STRIDE) Board, Diversity Board Member for the University of Kent, and Advisory Member to the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
In recognition of his diversity work, Mark won the coveted ‘Corporate Rising Star’ award at the 2016 British LGBT Awards and was ranked #2 in the 2015 Financial Times Future LGBT Leaders list (#6 in 2016). In addition, he was ‘Highly Commended’ at the Inclusive Networks Awards (2015), shortlisted for the ‘Corporate Equality Award’ by PinkNews (2016), and is a regular speaker at the London Business School. He has worked with many Fortune 50 companies on D&I programs and talent engagement strategies and has also authored a white paper for the UK Government on tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in engineering. Mark is a Chartered Engineer (IChemE) by training with a focus on health and safety, having worked at KBR Inc (2013-2017) and ERM (2012-2013) before pursuing his work in diversity. He also holds a doctorate (PhD) in chemical engineering at Imperial College London (2009-2013).