Putting our efforts where our good intentions are.
We have been delighted with how our team has expanded during 2019. More so that – within an industry dominated by older white men – we are now diverse in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, LGBT+ and learning difference. Growing a team from scratch has enabled us to create a culture of diversity and inclusion; however, this will not solve an industry-wide problem.
Our Operations Director, Angela Meah – who was a finalist in the iMasons Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award last month – is attempting to meet this challenge head-on. She is supporting and empowering our team of young engineers and undergraduates to have the confidence to share their own experiences with younger audiences and become role – real – models for future generations of engineers and technicians.
Several of us are in the process of becoming STEM Ambassadors, with mechanical engineer – Rebecca Willis – making her junior school debut with a class of 7-8 yr olds earlier this week. The following day, she and the rest of the team contributed to a ‘Learning for Life’ day at North Kesteven Academy where we facilitated an enterprise challenge to approximately 120 12-13 yr olds.
Combining The Apprentice with Dragon’s Den, the challenge involved designing and marketing an environmentally friendly device powered only by sustainable means. Pupils presented some innovative ideas, including designs which utilise kinetic, hydro and wind power, some of which incorporated immersed cooling and heat recovery. Prizes will be awarded at the end of term assembly on December 19.
coolDC is proud to have become an SME Partner of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and we are honoured to have been able to host WES’s Lottie Doll during her annual tour capturing all the exciting opportunities available in engineering. Lottie joined us for the school enterprise challenge, and was also our guest at the Global DCD Awards dinner in London, where we were a finalist in the Corporate Social Responsibility category for the work that we’re doing around student engagement. This week, Lottie has enjoyed meeting young people in school as well as raising awareness of WES to people in our industry. Good luck on the next leg of your tour, Lottie!