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Diversity can help engineering industry thrive, says local firm

Lytham-based technology solutions firm, Intersys Micronics, believes that attracting people from a wide range of backgrounds can help engineering firms to tackle different challenges.

Intersys is sponsoring the Engineering Business of the Year award at Lancashire’s 2018 Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs).

Stephen Hart, Manager at Intersys, said:

“By encouraging people from different backgrounds, you are getting people who will tackle the same challenges in different ways and that kind of diversity of thought can be a huge benefit.

“If you approach these challenges the same way as you always have, you are likely to get the same results you have previously and sometimes that is not the best thing.

“There are many initiatives to get people from across the spectrum involved in engineering and companies everywhere need to play their part in supporting this push.”

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the agency which awards government funding for research in engineering, has recently handed out £5.5 million to projects which aim to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

Professor Patricia Thornley from The University of Manchester, who was part of the panel which assessed projects for the funding, explained:

“Anyone who has recently walked into a university engineering department or STEM employer knows that the workforce does not reflect the UK's wider population.

“At a time when scientists and engineers are radically redesigning our energy and transport systems and reimagining the digital economy, inclusion really does matter.”

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