Jacob Grech, HR Director at Arcadis Australia Pacific

As a leader in built and natural asset design and management over 70 years in Australia, Arcadis is taking a leading role in the industry-wide trend to improve diversity within the engineering profession.

“It’s no secret that our industry has a long way to go on gender diversity. Arcadis has actively been on a diversity and inclusion journey for the last four years, and a common theme we keep hearing from our managers is that they find it hard to meet the gender targets we’ve set because there is a limited pipeline of women studying engineering at university,” says Jacob Grech, Human Resources Director at Arcadis Australia Pacific.

“We all need to work together to make a difference. The Women in Engineering  Scholarship is a great way to provide practical support and builds off our existing relationship with UNSW through our Graduate Program."

Grech says he was immediately impressed with the scholarship program and how defined it is. “We were drawn to this program because it’s not just a case of handing over money,” explains Grech. “Arcadis is intimately involved through mentoring opportunities, sharing experiences through speakers, and by offering work placements to our sponsees. The initiative is a wonderfully holistic approach to sponsoring.”

Encouraging diversity also makes excellent business sense. “An inclusive workforce means we get the best people for the job, and better results for us and our clients,” Grech continues. “Diversity of thought while we’re brainstorming on projects or problems for our clients means we are more innovative, more creative and can deliver a solution that’s more robust.”