Who are WSP?
WSP is one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.
With more than 8,200 talented people in the UK and approximately 48,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the re-development of London Bridge Station and Quarter, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, HS2, Transport for the North Strategic Development Corridor studies, One Blackfriars and the Shard.
WSP has been involved in many high-profile projects in the Midlands including the development of Smart Motorways, the 212 Broad Street Tower, HS2 Curzon Street Station, No 3 Snowhill, Birmingham Airport, the Bullring, and Grand Central.
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are WSP involved in?
WSP is involved in the Royal Academy of Engineering’s GEEP (Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme) scheme, a collaborative employer programme which aims to increase the transition of engineering graduates from diverse backgrounds into engineering employment. We help host a two-day careers workshop, enabling employers and graduates to participate in speed interviewing and networking, and speak about CV skills. It provides valuable opportunities for graduates to gain insights from industry experts, as well as knowledge and advice on pursuing career opportunities. In 2019 WSP recruited 3 graduates from the GEEP programme.
WSP’s PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity and Gender Equality) scheme provides an inclusive network that inspires and promotes the benefits of a gender balanced business (at all levels), connecting colleagues beyond their day to day role and helping everyone reach their full potential. WSP host many events, campaigns and activities annually that align with its UK strategy and EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) actions focusing on championing diversity and gender balance, both internally and externally.
Other initiatives include:
• WSP support and promote National Women in Engineering Day
• Launchpad, WSP’s STEM outreach network, in which office representatives reach out to local schools to promote Engineering as a career
• Flexible working practices – we recognise that work is only part of our lives and making time for other things in our life is important – be that families, our friends our ourselves. We encourage part-time working and flexible working arrangements wherever possible
Why did WSP join WISE?
“To encourage more women to choose Engineering as a career and provide an environment where they can fulfil their potential. Gender balance is a business imperative – WSP are proud to promote our WISE membership to work towards a more balanced workplace.”
– Paul Newing, UK Human Resources Director