After a competitive application process, the MTC and 11 other engineering businesses have joined the Royal Academy of Engineering’s new programme to provide impactful interventions that support inclusive leadership in an engineering context.
The Inclusive Leadership Programme is the result of a six-month scoping and consultation project involving 60 engineering industry experts from organisations across the UK. They contributed valuable insights to help the Academy develop a framework to deliver a range of interventions to enhance inclusion in engineering.
The Academy’s recent report on inclusive cultures showed that the UK engineering profession needs to accelerate its drive to become more inclusive if the UK is to continue to be a key player in the global race for engineering skills. The leaders of an organisation play a critical role in the creation of its culture and those at the most senior levels are particularly influential and therefore key to growing an inclusive culture.
The Inclusive Leadership Programme is an exciting opportunity for participating organisations to lead the engineering profession towards a more inclusive future. The 12 businesses chosen for the pilot have each assembled a multidisciplinary team of four individuals: three who are early-, mid-, and senior-career leaders, along with a Human Resources professional.
Over the next 18 months, team members will have access to knowledge and guidance on inclusive leadership including through in-depth inclusive leadership training; reciprocal mentoring; sponsorship; coaching and peer-to-peer workshops. The teams will apply their learning by creating and implementing an inclusion project focused on increasing inclusivity within their team, products or services.
The participating companies are:
The Academy will deliver the programme with the assistance of a consortium of organisations: Included (an inclusivity consultancy); Honne (professional coaching specialists); and The Social Innovation Partnership (evaluation experts).
The Inclusive Leadership Programme is part of the Academy's broader efforts to support the engineering industry in embracing diversity and inclusive practices.
Pictured: (From left to right) MTC staff Vicki Sanderson, Matt Thomas, Gurpreet Ghataore, Helen Butterworth
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