AECOM accomplishes gender-equal, diverse graduate intake in UAE
The programme covers core competencies and includes mentoring and training, site visits, and networking events
Infrastructure firm AECOM has revealed that its graduate programme – Professional Development Program (PDP) – featured nine different nationalities and an equal gender split for the 2020 intake, making it the most diverse intake since its launch, seven years ago.
Designed to bridge the gap between formal education and the workplace, the PDP is a two-year programme which equips graduates with the necessary skillset to start a career.
The programme covers core competencies and includes mentoring and training, site visits as well as social and networking events, integral to students’ professional growth and development.
Commenting on the initiative, talent acquisition lead at AECOM (MENA), Beth Cowper, said: “In 2018, AECOM’s graduate programme in the UAE recorded a female intake of 45%. The figure increased to 48% in 2019. We knew an equal split was in reach. We made conscious efforts to hire diverse candidates not for the sake of it, but because they are fit for the role.”
AECOM enhanced its candidate search while retaining a focus on diversity by extending its search to universities across the UAE, as well as Lebanon, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, India, Russia, Italy, and the UK.
Speaking about the graduate intake for the year’s programme, chief executive at AECOM (MENA), Hamed Zaghw, said: “The graduates joining us this year have meaningful roles on a range of vital, complex and innovative projects, and none of this work is gender specific.”