Shortlisted for the WISE Campaign Award 2015
12 November 2015
Babcock - Devonport Respect Initiative
Developed by Tina Brinkworth, who began her career as an apprentice mechanical engineer, the Respect initiative addresses behaviours and practices at the Devonport site, which employs 4,500 people, as well as developing a more strategic approach to outreach activities to inspire the next generation of engineers.
Devonport delivered 900 hours of STEM engagement in September alone, working with schools, teachers, Plymouth Albion and other partners to get children excited about science and maths. Results are impressive - 50 women applied for apprenticeships this year and 11 were offered roles, an increase from 1% to 9% in just six months. Within the workplace, hygiene factors identified around toilets and PPE for women have been addressed and a No Bystanders campaign developed to show everyone has a responsibility to deal with inappropriate behaviour. A theatre learning group re-created real scenarios to raise awareness and Respect champions have been established as the go to people for any ongoing problems. “Make this a personal issue – it could be your son, daughter, wife or partner who is being treated this way”.