CampbellReith is delighted to have just won the NCE100 2017 award for promoting the engineering profession and finding new talent. Representing the profession to the highest possible standard has been part of CampbellReith’s lifeblood since its inception. Peter Campbell, one of our founding partners, was President of the IStructE, chair of the ACE and an active member of many engineering initiatives.
That commitment continues. When we were shortlisted and began to pull together our presentation for the NCE100 judges, we were overwhelmed by the extent of our colleagues’ activities. We have so many great ambassadors for engineering within the practice with a real commitment to STEM and promoting inclusion and diversity; all we had to do was tell the story!
The initiative that initially caught the eye of the judges was our hugely successful contribution to the inaugural Guildford Science fair and the effort made by our Associate, Dr Adam Fisher, to promote the event and engineering itself on the radio and at press conferences. Thanks in part to that publicity, the event hosted over 5,000 visitors where only 1,500 had been expected! We are so proud that CampbellReith was voted the ‘most engaging exhibitor’.
The judges said they identified a “strong sense that promotion of the profession was embedded in the culture of the business” and “particularly like how they employed social media targeted at young people to increase the understanding of engineering’s contribution to society”. Amongst the initiatives that ensured Adam and I convinced the judges of our commitment were
- Our activities to support International Women’s day, Women in Engineering day, Bring your daughter to work, WISE and so on
- Visits to schools to promote STEM subjects and taking part in initiatives such as the ‘Adopt a School’ scheme.
- Supporting events for older pupils such as ‘Engineering your future’, an ICE initiative in Manchester.
- Providing bursaries and summer placements, presenting real construction projects to engineering students, arranging site visits, visiting lectureships and professorships.
- Hosting a recent seminar to promote better use of social media to encourage more diversity and younger people into the industry.
- Charity activities including working with RedR and other organisations actively using engineering to improve the lives of others.
As a colleague noted, you could call our commitment to promoting engineering enlightened self-interest! Increasing diversity means the industry (and therefore CampbellReith) can recruit from the widest possible pool of talent, thereby providing our lifeblood.
Our commitment and endorsement are partner led and uptake is across all levels of staff. Our activities enthuse staff and help in their development and retention; involvement in STEM activities is rewarding and is seen as a contributor to career progression. It also satisfies the expectations of our clients.
We are so proud of our colleagues and that our contribution far exceeds what would be expected of a firm of our size. We are also delighted that the activities of our staff (our future leaders) confirm that commitment will always be central to ethos of CampbellReith.