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Major call as Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Heathrow join to celebrate diversity heroes among engineering and technology at prestigious ceremony

People and organisations with a track record of promoting equality and diversity among the engineering and technology sector are being urged to nominate ahead of the 2023 Engineering Talent Awards.

Partnered by prestigious organisations like Rolls-Royce, Heathrow, Airbus, EngineeringUK and Royal Academy of Engineering, the ETAs is set to celebrate the diverse population among the industry.

The awards will recognise good practice and achievements from both individuals and organisations driving forward good work in diversity and inclusion across the indispensable sector.

And a call for nominations, ahead of the 2023 ceremony, has been launched today (November 2) on National Engineering Day – a day set up to celebrate how engineers and engineering improves our lives while shaping our future.

Awards founder and EqualEngineers managing director Dr Mark McBride-Wright said: “The awards aim to raise the profile of the engineering and technology professions across the UK and highlight diversity in engineering on a national platform. We are delighted that Rolls-Royce is one of our principal supporting partners this year.

“Through showcasing role models and inspiring people, we can celebrate the diversity of organisations and engineers.

“We will shine a light on the individuals and organisations working to promote and diversify in the engineering and technology sector while acknowledging milestones in business, media, politics and grassroots activism.”

Costain Group’s disability and wellbeing network was honoured with the Overall Excellence in Engineering Award 2022 for their work to support people with Down’s Syndrome and autism into work and presenting to Crossrail and HS2 on neurodiversity, while also embedding inclusive design engineering standards into their processes and training.

There were 14 winners overall in 2022 from companies such as Dyson, Transport for London and Heathrow, chosen from hundreds of nominations from a wide array of engineering organisations, industries and geographical locations.

Susi Farnworth, head of internal equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at EngineeringUK, said: “It is important to reward and recognise the breadth of talent in the engineering sector, celebrate diversity and acknowledge the companies, programmes and individuals that are working towards creating an inclusive and representative workforce. We are proud to be supporting the Engineering Talent Awards which will recognise brilliant engineers and engineering organisations in this space.”

As mentioned, nominations and entries into the Engineering Talent Awards 2023 are now open and you can find out more about that, while nominating any worthy recipients, on the ETAs website.

A full list of award categories for the 2023 Engineering Talent Awards can be found below:

Engineering Apprentice of the Year, supported by Airbus

Engineering Graduate of the Year, supported by Royal Academy of Engineering

Engineering Student of the Year, supported by Institution of Engineering & Technology

Engineer of the Year, supported by Rolls-Royce SMR

Engineering Returner of the Year, supported by Heathrow

Engineering Society of the Year

Inclusion Programme of the Year, supported by ECITB

Employee Network of the Year

Innovation of the Year

Small-Medium Enterprise of the Year, supported by EngineeringUK

Large Employer of the Year, supported by STEM Returners

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