Telent Embrace Equity on International Women's Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day recognised around the world to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about discrimination, and take action to drive gender equality.

Each year focuses on a specific theme, and this year the theme is #Embraceequity. The aim of the campaign theme is to get everyone talking about the link between equality and equity to drive change.

Telent is proud to support International Women’s Day, inclusivity is everyone’s responsibility and IWD belongs to people of all gender identities.

As part of the IWD campaign, Telent is celebrating the brilliant women around the business. Read on for a few of their stories, and the advice they would give to other women.

Phoebe - Graduate Project Manager

"I’ve recently finished my first placement in London rail projects, working as part of the station security implementation team (SSTIP) and I’ve now moved over to Traffic, working with the team on the TCMS2 contract.

One of the things I love about my role is how varied it can be day-to-day. Sometimes I can be liaising with clients or creating plans, and others I could be ordering, looking at finances, or reviewing documentation; there’s never a dull moment!

Before joining Telent, I attended University of East Anglia (UEA) and studied Business Management. Alongside studying, I also worked as a supervisor at Norwich City Football Club and got to meet a lot of famous faces! I’m also involved in charity work, volunteering in the Fundraising and Marketing department for a charity dedicated to providing social experiences for adults with disabilities.

For me, the #embracequity theme means making sure that everyone is treated equally and with kindness. This extends to standing up for one another and not being afraid to speak up if you feel something is wrong with the way someone is being treated. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t!

My advice to other women looking to start a similar career path is to just go for it. The industry that we work in is very male dominated, but don’t let that put you off. Don’t be afraid to speak up, be decisive, and always go after what you want."

Rameen - Project Planner

"My role mostly involves producing project schedules which consist of design, procurement, installation, construction, and commissioning programs.

Alongside my apprenticeship, I’m pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Although, I love what I study, being at Telent gives me an opportunity to put my vision into perspective and learn practically rather than theoretically only. Getting hands-on experience is something I enjoy the most!

At the start of my degree, I was somewhat nervous because I came to realise that I was one of three women on the course compared to a group of 82 men. For a couple of months, it was challenging to get my ideas across and make myself heard. But I was raised by an inspiring woman, my mother. She taught me to be confident in my own personality and raised me with the knowledge that no matter what, my strength for standing up for myself will always come from within me. Working in the industry itself has allowed me to embrace all opportunities which has helped me to develop a much stronger and confident mindset.

To my understanding, the theme for IWD highlights the importance of playing your part when it comes to equality. We all play a part in showing respect and it’s important to understand the fundamentals of equality. Even if it’s a little something you believe in, move forward with it, and put your ideas on the table.

My advice to other women out there is to always be confident, especially on the low days. No matter what the circumstance may be, don’t let anyone push your boundaries and values. When you get opportunities embrace them with all your heart! I believe that a woman should be two things: exactly who and what she wants to be. A woman alone is enough to achieve everything, and even more so when we support each other."

Kirsty - Installation and Provisioning Engineer

"My responsibilities cover the installation and provisioning of motorway communication cabling to enable equipment to be commissioned to Highways Agency standards.

Before joining Telent I was a Royal Engineer in the British Army for seven years. Prior to leaving I did a course on copper and fibre before moving onto working with data techniques, where I installed and terminated copper and fibre in data centres.

IWD means so much to me as it’s a day where women are fully recognised for their achievements regardless of who they are, where they live, or what they do. It’s a time to reflect on the progress that has been made so far, to call for further change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by seemingly ‘ordinary’ women.

My advice to anyone who wants to do something is just go for it. It doesn’t matter what your gender identity is, it does not mean you can’t do certain things and shouldn’t limit you in any way. If you have a passion to become something, nothing can stop you."

Lili - HR Administrator

"HR is the first point of contact for all the new starters that join the company, so part of my role is about making sure they have a smooth integration process. I also support and assist current colleagues by answering any enquiries. We handle a wide range of administrative tasks from sending offers, letters, and contracts to updating employee records.

Before joining Telent, I graduated from Politehnica University of Bucharest in the Faculty of Engineering and Management of Technological Systems (I.M.S.T.) Engineering and Management – Specialisation: Industrial Economic Engineering, bachelor's degree in engineering.

Sadly, I can say that I encountered some negative experiences during university. There was a mentality that only men could be engineers. I even had a teacher who made comments like: “women don’t have the same abilities as men in an engineering career”.

It’s why IWD is so important as it’s a reminder that everyone has the right to the same opportunities no matter their gender, race, or ethnic origin. If we try to be more aware of our actions towards other people, it will give everyone the chance to be themselves and help us all to embrace equality. Many times, we forget that even small gestures (e.g., acknowledging that your colleague sorted out a difficult task, saying thank after you’ve been helped with your query, showing respect etc.) can change the lives of others and it’s so easy to do. Through empathy, inclusion, and collaboration we can grow and improve the lives of people around us, both in our professional and personal lives.

I believe that when you have the maturity not to take others' opinions as being real and true, you can grow and learn to trust yourself and your decisions in life. That would be my advice to other women. If you love people, HR is a great area to work in because this role involves activities that will support them during their journey into the company."

The theme for IWD this year focuses on the importance of equity and how it connects to equality. Equality involves everyone receiving exactly the same treatment, whereas equity calls for fairer treatment according to people’s needs and situations. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging requires equitable actions. Although IWD focuses on challenges faced by women, challenging gender equity is everyone’s responsibility. All gender identities benefit from equality and inclusion and so it’s important for everyone to challenge stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion. Allies are incredibly important and collective activism is what drives change.

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