At the Institute of Directors building in London last night, (19 February 2013), Nigel Whitehead, our Group Managing Director accepted the ‘Large Companies’ award in the Mail on Sunday’s ‘Breaking the Mould Awards’ for our work in ‘providing opportunities for women at all levels in its UK business and attracting and attaining women to an engineering company’. The Awards were established in 2012 by business leaders from the 30 Per Cent club which is committed to creating female leaders of the future in the workplace.
Mr Whitehead said: "I'm very honoured to accept this award on behalf of BAE Systems. We were flattered to be nominated, and even more flattered to win. Whilst we still have a lot to do, this award recognises the efforts we have made, and continue to make, in striving for a truly diverse and inclusive working environment. Our schools roadshows, seeks to breakdown preconceptions about gender in science and engineering. Through our apprentice and graduate programmes, our mentoring schemes and approaches to supporting those with families, we are preparing a 'pipeline' of talented employees, regardless of gender."
Women currently make up 25% of our Executive Committee and its Board and compared to a decade ago we have an increasing number of women who are candidates for senior management positions across its business. In addition a key objective of our schools roadshow, which has run every year since 2006, is to break down pre-conceptions about gender bias in science and engineering. Beyond this we are also making efforts to increase the number of women applicants to our apprentice and graduate schemes and has established networking groups and mentoring schemes to support the development of both men and women, especially in the early part of their careers.
Vodafone was awarded the overall winner with the Bank of England winning the Public Sector category and Good Energy taking the Small and Medium Enterprise category.
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