Women in the Built Environment, now into its fourth year, welcomes more employers from industry

The fourth annual Women in the Built Environment (WiBE) event, held by the Employability Team at NTU for female students on Property, Construction, Architecture and Civil Engineering courses, took place in November.

The fourth annual Women in the Built Environment (WiBE) event, held by the Employability Team at NTU for female students on Property, Construction, Architecture and Civil Engineering courses, took place this November. The event also welcomed over 18 companies and professional bodies such as Gleeds, ICE, Sainsbury’s and Arcadis, making the event this year’s biggest to date. It was also the first time the event welcomed students from NTU partner schools Longley Park Sixth Form, NUAST, Bluecoat Academy Sixth Form College and Nottingham Girls Academy.


Despite increases in numbers of female students enrolling onto built environment-related courses in higher education, women are still significantly under-represented within the construction and built environment industries. The aim of the WiBE event is to provide female students with access to female industry professionals who are able to provide them with advice, confidence and inspiration for their future careers. Opening this year's event was Victoria Goodliffe, senior lecturer within the Property Management and Development course areas at NTU and chair of the event.


Victoria commented that: “The evening was a great event for our female built environment students; they were able to listen to presentations and network with some truly inspirational women in the property and construction industry and to gain advice and build confidence for their future careers.”


Also speaking were Molly McKenzie, Regional Director, ICE East Midlands and ICE West Midlands; Karen Richardson, architect, WCEC Architects Group; Aarti Raj, Director at Pick Everard and Lisa Jane Risk, Director of Group Property Towergate Insurance & National Chair of Women in Property.


The presentations provided an insight into their careers journeys so far, and the major challenges they have faced and overcome. They provided students with encouragement and practical advice for completing their degrees and getting started in industry.


Aarti Raj, Director at Pick Everard, said: “It was a privilege to be invited to be part of the annual Women in the Built Environment Event organised by the NTU Employability Team. Sharing my career journey made me realise just how much I had been through over the years to get me where I am today and I feel very proud of that. My aim was to share my experiences with women looking to develop their careers in construction and inspire them along their journey through encouragement. My advice is that real life challenges will always be there but should not stop them from doing what they really want to in life.”

The event was also attended by graduate of BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, Alice Cox , who won one of the WiBE summer internships with Arcadis following last year's event.

She spoke to students about her internship and provided an insight into what she learned and the benefits of gaining practical experience .

Women in the Built Environment, now into its fourth year, welcomes more employers from industry

Published on 24 November 2016
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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