Consulting and construction firm Mace has signed up as a corporate member of the WISE Campaign. This campaign aims at increasing the number of women working in STEM in the UK as well as ensuring that women have the same career opportunities as men within STEM industries.
The WISE (Women in to Science and Engineering) Campaign is an in 1984 established campaign that aims at “increasing the gender balance in the UK’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workforce, pushing the presence of female employees from 13% to 30% by 2020.” The organisation does so by inspiring girls to choose STEM related courses in School or College and subsequently pursue STEM careers.
Mace is an in 1990 established construction and consulting firm specialised in programme and project management, cost consultancy, construction delivery, and facilities management. The firm is headquartered in London has over 4,300 employees working in over 70 countries. As part of its work to promote diversity within the firm and contribute to the wider agenda across the industry*, Mace signed up as corporate member of WISE.
As part of the membership, Mace supports the WISE ‘10 steps’ campaign that ensures that women in STEM have the same opportunities to progress in their career as their male counterparts. For the firm, being a member will provide it with network, training and speaking opportunities related to STEM subjects, as well as corporate opportunities to share best practice with other STEM employers.
Commenting on the membership, Tracey Locke Group HR Director at Mace, says: “I am delighted that we have signed up for a corporate membership with WISE, as this will give Mace people a terrific opportunity to further their careers and promote Mace in the industry. We have been making great steps forward over the last year to promote Mace as a good place for women in the construction industry to work; we have seen the benefits of this from the increasing number of women applying to work at Mace and joining the company and our membership of WISE is another way we’re continuing on the journey.”
Mace is not the only consulting firm who signs partnerships to help close the gender gap in professions generally considered male, such as roles in the STEM industries. Recently, Accenture signed a partnership with Girls Who Code to assist young women to secure a career in technology and with STEMettes to organise the largest UK event for girls, #NEDigitalGirls.
* Mace is also a partner of UK Employment Minster Esther McVey’s campaign to encourage more women to consider careers in industries such as science, engineering and sport, #notjustforboys.