We know that employees from all functions and levels of seniority deal with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) issues on a regular basis and need tools to support them to do this confidently. Our EDI team run a monthly Toolbox Talk across the project to focus on a specific EDI issue and equip people with the tools to understand and respond to issues in their jobs. Topics that have been covered include; Black Lives Matter, International Women in Engineering Day, Disability History month and LGBT+ Pride. The chosen topics often respond to a real issue that has been experienced on the project, and serve as regular reminders to sustain positive behaviors over time. These Toolbox Talks upskill staff to handle EDI challenges successfully and are often co-delivered with members of our leadership team or EDI champions which contributes to building the inclusive culture we are committed to creating within SCS.
- Female Advocates in Infrastructure and Rail (FAIR)
- LGBT+ and Allies
- Race network
- Carers network
Each network has specific objectives tailored to its membership, but all share the aim of providing a sense of community, supporting diverse talent and raising awareness of diversity issue to help create a genuinely inclusive culture.
Last year SCS has achieved the Disability Confident Leadership certification, the only HS2 tier one contractor to do so. We have been listed amongst the Times Top 50 Employers for Women List. Our Diversity and Inclusion work has been further recognised through the Diversity and Inclusion Project of the Year Award from the British Construction Industry; Best EDI project Award by the Railway Industry Association; Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) – Inclusive Culture: Highly Commended and we were shortlisted for the Women in Rail 2020 Award. While are very proud of being externally recognised for our efforts, we continue to work and to be ambitious about strengthening the diversity and inclusive culture of the project.
Come and work with us
- Our Return to Work programme welcomes experienced men and women who have taken a career break of ten or more years to undertake a 3 or 6 month placement with the project. At the end of the placement there will be the option to join the team on a permanent basis.
- We host interns from the Leonard Cheshire Change 100 programme to support graduates with a disability into work.
- We work carefully with selected partners to advertise our vacancies. These include: Even Break, Even Field, Build Force and Women into Construction.