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Highwire judge at WICE Awards 2017

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Highwire are again pleased to be supporting the annual Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Awards.

A great night for all at the 2017 Women in Construction and Engineering Awards 

Women represent only 11% of the construction workforce in the UK and most of these jobs are office-based and only 2% work in manual jobs. When it comes to women in engineering only 9 per cent of UK engineering professionals are women, 18 percent in Spain, 26 percent in Sweden and 20 percent in Italy.

According to the Department of Civil & Building Engineering, Loughborough University, UK;

"The construction sector plays an important role in economic growth. However, the sector remains 
male-dominated and women’s growing role as decision-makers and buyers is not reflected by their 
input into construction innovation and creativity."

The aim of the WICE awards is to make Construction and Engineering more enticing to women. To create role models for women considering a career in these sectors, while encouraging companies to employ and train more women in these industries”.

Following a great launch event in 2016, the 2017 awards event held at the Hilton Bankside, London on 24th May were equally successful. Another great event celebrating diversity and inclusivity of women in construction and engineering.

Sponsors of WICE 2017

Judging process

For the 2017 awards, Highwire Finance Director and Senior Engineer, Liz Rickard, joined a panel of almost 60 industry professionals assessing over 150 finalists across 24 award categories.

Judging was carried out over an intense day at the end of April. Following detailed assessments of all finalists during the day, the judges’ decisions were finalised at the evening Judges Dinner. 

Some images from Judging Day

Highwire commitment

Highwire height Safety operates at the heart od a sector where there is recognised potential for significant progress in diversity and inclusion. We are committed to working proactively to encourage, develop and implement best practice to ensure the widest opportunity for all across construction and engineering. 

To find out more about our work in  this area, or to discuss your height safety needs with a company who really cares, do get in touch 

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