Routes to Diversity & Inclusion toolkit

Routes to Diversity & Inclusion is the first toolkit of its kind for the highways and transportation sector. It provides a route map to success through diversity and inclusion.
The toolkit offers practical guidance, case studies and links to reliable sources of expert advice for employers to help recruit, retain and develop a more diverse workforce. By doing so, employers will improve their own business performance and increase capacity within the industry.

The Royal Academy of Engineering awarded a grant to CIHT to conduct research into diversity and inclusion in the highways and transportation industry and produce a toolkit to provide practical help and guidance to employers. The work complements a wider study by the Academy’s Diversity Leadership Group (DLG) across all engineering disciplines.

Routes to Diversity & Inclusion toolkit

Diversity & Inclusion – some key facts and figures

- The current situation in highways and transportation
CIHT surveyed its Corporate Partners to benchmark the sector in terms of demographics and practical engagement on diversity and inclusion:
  • In 71% of organisations, women make up fewer than one in ten of the board.
  • Men occupy more than 90% of management roles.
  • Only 48% of corporate partners are currently using flexible working to attract and retain talented employees.
  • Minority ethnic people make up less than 10% of the workforce (national average is 14%).
- What are the benefits of taking action?
  • Greater diversity of recruits from a wider talent pool.
  • Greater diversity of people progressing through the organisation.
  • Benefits to corporate reputation via publicity, benchmarking and awards.
  • Benefits in terms of creativity and innovation.
  • An increase in employee engagement.
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Increasing diversity and inclusion in engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering has also produced a case study toolkit, Increasing diversity and inclusion in engineering, which is packed with useful guidance and best practice. A survey report, which provides a benchmark against which to measure future progress in improving diversity across the engineering sector, has been published alongside the toolkit.

RAEng - Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit