For an organisation, group or person who has worked to attract women returners back to STEM roles or to support women to change careers and get into technology or engineering roles. The judges will be looking for evidence of the support and training put in place by the nominee and its effectiveness and impact on the women themselves.
“The offer of flexible working is very attractive when juggling other commitments, whatever they may be. For Network Rail it is a great way to tap into experience. The idea of being able to return back to work, staying involved with my profession on a part-time basis, was very appealing especially with an employer who was actively seeking and supporting this.”
Rachel Thrower, Return to work candidate
‘Sky’s Get into Tech programme provides a supportive environment in which women with little or no technical experience can learn the skills to pursue a career in technology. The course is free and on completion, women can apply for permanent roles at Sky. Over 700 women have applied since its inception, 150 have completed the course and 42 now have jobs at Sky. This is helping our target of 30% of our technology workforce to be female.’
Our Blind Auditioning process has demonstrated excellent results in improving hires of women. This is now being rolled out as a standard approach for recruitment, helping us to meet our EDI commitments and also ensuring the right individuals are appointed without bias. Flexible working is also key issue and barriers to Women returning to, and staying in, work. Our inclusive procurement requirements are acting as a catalyst to improve EDI standards across the sector.’