Promoting diversity

A workplace that is inclusive and reflects the make-up of our communities, is critical to providing the range of perspectives and approaches necessary for our future competitiveness.

We know that by recruiting and nurturing a diverse workforce we are better able to meet the needs of our diverse customer base and the communities in which we operate. We monitor recruitment across Carillion, including applicant diversity and new recruits, through our Group-wide recruitment system and our in-house, experienced professionals.

This enables us to tackle barriers to diversity that may exist within the recruitment process. SkyBlue, our recruitment arm, works closely with our customers and local employment partners to reach marginalised groups. This includes empowering minority ethnic groups and those from socially deprived backgrounds. The team, under the guidance of Inclusion Manager David Massingham, has also achieved the Equality and Clear Assured status for the second year running, following the annual European Quality Assurance audit.

In Canada, we are giving significant programme support for aboriginal communities and businesses, while in the UK we are tackling industry gender stereotypes through schools, apprenticeships and Board-led Gender Pathways programmes. We believe that inspiring more women to pursue careers at Carillion will help us grow our business through a range of programmes.

Employee profile by gender, all employees

Employee profile by gender, all employees chart

Male 77%

Female 23%

Your Life campaign and STEM subjects for girls

We are one of eight companies backing the Your Life campaign. This high-profile, three-year campaign is aimed at 14 to 16 year olds and showcases the inspiring career opportunities that can lead on from studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

Carillion is the lead corporate partner for the construction and business services sectors and has committed to:

  • increase female apprentices from 1% to 5% over the next five years;
  • create an ‘introduction to engineering and technology for girls’ module for local schools; and
  • improve the retention rate of female engineers in the business by creating a women’s support network.

We welcome this campaign as part of a drive to ensure that young people are equipped with the maths and science skills the country requires to remain competitive on a global level. We also see this as an important part of our long-term strategy to help develop the skills that will enable our business to succeed in 10 years’ time.”

Richard Howson, Carillion’s Chief Executive

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Can you programme a robot?

Carillion Telent is making STEM subjects come alive in Cumbria with their support of the STEM programme in the region. We were asked to support an enterprise day for girls from schools in the Barrow in Furness area where we are installing superfast broadband.

Cumbria University Campus hosted 40 year nine girls from five Barrow schools who were taught how to programme Lego robots. By the end of the day they had succeeded in programming their robots to speak and dance.

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Gender Pathways

We believe that inspiring more women to pursue senior management roles will help us to significantly grow our business. Currently, 12% of our leadership population are female (25% on the Board), and we’re aiming for 30% across our senior management teams. This will reflect the same female representation we have at operational levels. We’re trying to inspire women into senior roles by providing targeted support through groups such as the Women in Leadership Network and the 200–strong Working Mums Network.

Our Leadership Team has set detailed and grade-specific Gender Pathways targets including:

  • an additional 50 female leadership appointments;
  • increasing female graduate intake to 50%;
  • reaching our female alumni population to attract them back; and
  • developing a female succession forum and targeting the development of 312 female middle managers.
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Women on our Leadership Development programme

The number of women on our Leadership Development programme is monitored and there has been a steady increase over the last four years:

Women on our Leadership Development programme


  2011 2012 2013 2014
Women on our Leadership Development programme 22 23 25 32

We also held our fifth ‘Women in Leadership’ event to unite women across the business to share their challenges, experiences and successes. We invited coaches and motivational speakers from Women on Boards, BT OpenReach and Lloyds Banking Group to share their experiences and advice on career progression.

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Aboriginal relations

Carillion Canada has become a Patron Member of the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Businesses, which is dedicated to promoting Aboriginal communities within the Canadian economy, has signed up to the Progressive Aboriginal Relations programme and is a major sponsor of a First Nations employment training camp. It is part of our strategy to be the partner of choice for Aboriginal communities and businesses across Canada.

Over 300 employees received training in cross-cultural awareness in 2014 (1,000 to date) and sponsorship of Canada’s First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment programme supports the education and employment of Aboriginal youths. In the 14 years since the programme started, 93% of participants completed it, compared to only 58% of Aboriginal youths who graduate from high school.

A focus remains on inspiring young aboriginal women into education and employment. Petrina Fudge, Executive Director at Bouchier, has been personally involved in the Applauding Aboriginal Women in Business initiative with Nicole Bourque-Bouchier, CEO at Bouchier. Together, in their leadership roles they seek to inspire and support Aboriginal women from across Alberta in entering, and working successfully in, a business environment.

CEO Social Sustainability Award: The Bouchier Carillion Group

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Equality and Clear Assured status for the second year running, following the annual European Quality Assurance audit

42,000 people of whom 17,000 are female and 25,000 are male

A diverse workplace is not simply about ticking boxes or finding token role models; it is the prime route to better thinking through a powerful mix of skills, attitudes and capabilities in a high-performing, inclusive culture.”

Janet Dawson, Group HR Director, Carillion

Chicks with Bricks

As part of our work in 2014 we sponsored inspiring industry events such as Chicks with Bricks, alongside active membership of other initiatives such as Women on Boards and Business in the Community’s Opportunity Now programme.

We also have a team of female Construction Ambassadors who work with the Construction Industry Training Board to inspire female students in the range of opportunities that the industry can offer women.

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