BLACK & VEATCH
Who are BLACK & VEATCH?
Delivering resilient, sustainable infrastructure
Black & Veatch has supported communities in the UK since the 1950s. We consult on, deliver and manage infrastructure in water, power and telecommunications. What sets us apart is our ability to support every point in the life cycle of our clients’ assets. Challenges we are addressing currently include:
- Protecting communities from flooding
The UK Environment Agency (EA) estimates there are 2.4 million residential and commercial properties in areas at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea, and a further 3 million properties in areas at risk of flooding from surface water. As a flood alleviation partner for the EA and local authorities, we are helping protect those at risk.
- Data and insight-driven water service improvements
Efficiency, affordability, customer service and competition are among UK water companies’ greatest challenges. To address them, utilities need to build and manage infrastructure that is resilient to climate change, asset failure, peak demands and human interaction – at a cost acceptable to customers. We are helping deliver data and insight-driven outperformance of financial and operational targets.
- Keeping the lights on
The UK lost 11.4 gigawatts of coal and gas generation capacity in the three years leading to 2015. We are helping create the renewable, gas-fired and nuclear energy infrastructure that will help bridge the gap and provide cleaner energy for the future.
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are BLACK & VEATCH involved in?
B&V Gender Initiatives
Black & Veatch believes its continued success depends on the diverse skills, experiences and backgrounds that professionals bring to the organisation. In order to encourage more women into the construction and engineering industry, and to develop and retain them once they are there, Black & Veatch is focusing its efforts in a number of areas.
Careers Fairs: we attend careers fairs for school-age children as well as graduates, to try and spark an interest in our industry at an early age. We try to ensure that female employees represent the company at such events. School Visits: local school children visited our offices to mark National Women in Engineering Day, and the presentations and office tours were given by female engineers. Work Experience/Internships: we offer a range of such opportunities and are increasingly targeting them at girls and young women, offering them as a follow-up to the school visits. Ambassadors: many of our professionals are active STEM Ambassadors and some have featured in industry campaigns to promote gender diversity. Female Interviewers: we are establishing a pool of trained female interviewers, to provide greater diversity in our selection process and to provide candidates with role models.
Develop & Retain
Women’s Network: operating at a global level and also locally in the UK, this group promotes active networking, encourages professional development and mentoring, engages in community outreach programs, and represents the interests of female professionals. The group’s executive sponsor is Cindy Wallis-Lage, President of the Water business.
Diversity & Inclusion Training: our new Leadership Training Programme includes a module which focuses on the business benefits of diversity and inclusion.
Returner Programme: we are introducing a returners programme, to support women returning from maternity leave to reintegrate successfully.
Flexible Working: we offer a range of flexible working options to enable employees to achieve a good work-life balance and remove barriers to women remaining in the workforce.
Why did BLACK & VEATCH join WISE?
Black & Veatch is committed to the promotion of diversity at all levels in the company. The WISE resources allow us to inspire the future generation with the STEM talks we undertake and work experience that we offer. WISE brings together a network that we can support and share globally throughout Black & Veatch.
Sue Caccavone CEng, CMIOSH, MICE
Technical Director, Safety & Risk
Chair, UK Women’s Network