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Diversity efforts recognised

20 Sep 11 Consulting engineer Jane Wernick Asssociates and contractor Willmott Dixon won the top awards at The National Awards for Diversity in Construction which took place at the Construction Diversity Expo last week.

The awards, sponsored by Women & Manual Trades (WAMT) and CITB-ConstructionSkills, recognised excellence in equality, diversity and inclusion work by construction related companies across the country.

Jane Wernicks Associates took home the award for excellence by an SME and Willmott Dixon beat six other nominees to win the large company award.

Two winners shared the prize in the category for Best Individual Contribution by Construction Employee, Director or Owner with the award going to both Natasha Pellegrinetti, HR learning and development manager at BAM Nuttall, and Bruce Nixon, head of equality, inclusion, employment and skills at Sir Robert McAlpine.

Mr Nixon said: “Recently our focus has been on providing training and work experience while also promoting the Respect agenda.  We will look to build on this achievement as we work with our industry partners to improve and develop our approach.”

Ms Pellegrinetti said: “BAM Nuttall is committed to raising the awareness of everyone on site from project managers up to general operatives. We use a variety of tools from creating information booklets, running awareness weeks, workshops and competitions.  It’s really is great to have the team’s efforts rewarded.”

The awards were part of the 2011 Construction Diversity Expo which featured more than 50 employers, training providers and support organisations who helped under-represented job seekers find out about training in the sector. Construction employers were also invited to find out how diversity in their workforce can benefit their business. 

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