An industry wide approach to addressing a national engineering workforce recruitment challenge
AECOM is a Fortune 500 global infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services in planning, design, engineering and program management. The company caters to public and private sector clients in the transportation, buildings, water, energy and environment sectors.
Equity, diversity and inclusion are core to AECOM’s vision. AECOM recognises that those who want to enter the engineering industry don’t all start from the same place because advantages and barriers exist. They aim to correct the imbalance, ensuring that everyone has access to the same opportunities for professional development, career advancement and business opportunities.
"Women are still very underrepresented as a percentage of our workforce. As a company we really do value diversity in all forms, but particularly gender diversity. A gender diverse workforce is key to having a vibrant and creative business and ultimately helps drive business success for us.” (Richard Barrett. CEO Australia New Zealand, AECOM)
The ongoing challenge of attracting qualified female engineers is a key focus.
To address this challenge, AECOM in North Queensland joined the Career Revive initiative and has since implemented several new initiatives, including:
- Partnering with Engineers Australia to promote and support EA’s workforce diversity efforts. Their first activity is hosting an EngConnect event to connect and support engineers who are on parental leave, working part-time or on sabbatical.
- A regional ED&I Committee that drives the strategy and develops strategic workforce activities to guide AECOM's diversity, equity and inclusion agenda.
- Engaging a dedicated recruiter to focus on attracting and retaining underrepresented groups in the engineering community, including women.
- Career Reload: a returner program to support engineers transitioning back into the workforce in a supported environment. Career Reload is being piloted in Queensland, with plans for a national program in the future.
AECOM’S partnership with Engineers Australia has helped the organisation tap into a broader engineering ecosystem, championing efforts to shape the labour market into the future. By participating in the Career Revive initiative, AECOM continues its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.