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Driving diversity in engineering

We help businesses create cultures built on belonging

A changing environment calls for action

The UK engineering sector is rapidly evolving with more businesses prioritising diversity, equality and inclusion (DE&I).

Connectr is here to help your firm meet its diversity goals via our powerful, award-winning mentoring software.

We make it easy to set up, roll out and manage high-impact mentoring programmes that connect people at all levels and help them grow.

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Delivering impact and success

94%

of employees would stay at their company longer if provided with learning and development

67%

f businesses report an increase in productivity due to mentoring

55%

of businesses report mentoring has a positive impact on profits

The need for improving DE&I

The UK is world-renowned for its engineers and the contribution they make to an industry that employs 5.5 million people. Today, UK engineering graduates are as high in demand as ever, thanks to our world-class universities and world-famous culture of innovation. But despite the successes of UK engineering businesses, there are clear trends with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the sector.

Recent research conducted by Supergen in association with the University of Hull reveals the scale of the issue:

  • 7% of engineers are male
  • Only 7.8% are BAME
  • The mean gender pay gap (difference in average hourly earnings for men and women) in engineering is 10.8%
  • 92% of those in the upper pay quartile are men

The same research also showed that female and BAME employees are significantly less likely to feel included in their workplaces.

Engineering UK data reveals that just 24% of those working in engineering come from low socio-economic backgrounds

There is a ‘leaky pipeline’ for under-represented groups in engineering with talent often lost at key stages in education and career development. This is particularly the case for girls and women studying the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses which are crucial for pursuing a career in the sector.

What our trusted partners say

  • The British Airways logo

    We introduced Connectr for our school engagement strategy, to ensure that students we engaged with at career events etc could be added to a talent pool and developed. The platform is freshly laid out and it has many functions - our favourites are the job board, modules and mentors. The reporting function is super handy for us to use too!

    Melissa Kose, Emerging Talent Manager
  • Heathrow Logo

    I was so impressed with Connectr. From choosing my mentor to reading the material and completing the activities, the whole process was seamless. I have a lot more confidence now, and I secured a secondment in my team as a Business Change Support Co-ordinator. I can honestly say that it has sparked something in me to re-address my whole life – not just at work, but in my personal life too. It changed my whole life for the better.

    Rachel Parker, Heathrow Mentee
  • We want to empower pupils to pursue STEM subjects at schools and universities and Connectr is the perfect partner to help us achieve this. The project is not only essential to provide a pipeline of talent for our business but will also improve the career prospects of thousands of young people from some of London’s most disadvantaged areas.

    National Grid

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