The built environment sector in Scotland is undergoing a major change thanks to the DIveIN conference, a pioneering event that aims to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in the industry. The conference, which is funded by the Scottish Government and the Workplace Equality Fund, will take place at the City of Glasgow College on 29th February 2024.
Why diversity and inclusion matter in the built environment sector
The built environment sector is one of the most important and influential sectors in the Scottish economy, as it shapes the physical and social environment of the country. However, it is also one of the least diverse and inclusive sectors, with only 7% of the workforce identifying as an ethnic minority, and a significant gender gap in leadership roles. This lack of diversity and inclusion not only affects the wellbeing and career prospects of the workers, but also limits the innovation and creativity of the sector, as well as its ability to meet the needs and expectations of the diverse communities it serves.
The DIveIN conference aims to address these challenges by creating a space for collaborative learning, dialogue and action among industry professionals, who can benefit from the insights and experiences of thought leaders, change makers and organisations that have successfully implemented diversity and inclusion strategies in their businesses.
What to expect from the DIveIN conference
The DIveIN conference is a full-day event that will feature a range of speakers, workshops and panels that will cover various aspects of diversity and inclusion in the built environment sector, such as:
- The business case for diversity and inclusion, and how it can enhance the performance, reputation and sustainability of the sector.
- The barriers and enablers for diversity and inclusion, and how to overcome the challenges and leverage the opportunities.
- The best practices and practical tools for developing and implementing diversity and inclusion policies and initiatives, and how to measure and monitor their impact and outcomes.
- The role of allyship and collaboration in fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion, and how to engage and empower different stakeholders and groups within and outside the sector.
Some of the speakers and facilitators that will share their expertise and stories at the DIveIN conference include:
- Ollie Folayan, professor, engineer and speaker on inequality in the engineering sector and allyship.
- Aisha Jacki, gender and race equality activist and founder of the Women in Construction Network.
- Amos Simbo, founder and managing director of Winway Services and the BPIC Network for black and ethnic minority professionals in the construction and built environment.
- Radiant and Brighter, a community interest company focused on promoting diversity through education, inspiration and changing perceptions, which partnered with BE-ST to lead on the DIveIN programme over the last two years.
How to join the DIveIN conference
The DIveIN conference is a fully-funded event that is open to anyone who works in the built environment sector in Scotland, or who is interested in learning more about diversity and inclusion in the industry. The conference will take place at the City of Glasgow College on 29th February 2024, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. To book your free ticket and find out more about the agenda and speakers, please visit the Eventbrite page.
The DIveIN conference is a unique and valuable opportunity to learn from the best, network with peers and influencers, and take action to make a positive difference in the built environment sector in Scotland. Don’t miss this chance to be part of the transformation.