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AECOM graduate programme increases female intake

AECOM graduate programme increases female intake

 February 07, 2019

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AECOM’s Middle East graduate programme has announced an intake of 48% female candidates. This is AECOM's most gender-equal intake yet since the start of its Middle East Professional Development Program (PDP) some years ago.

"Great progress... but there’s still more work to be done!" said Lara Poloni, CEO of Europe, Middle East and Africa for AECOM.

Finding the best and most diverse talent

AECOM searched for candidates from universities across the UAE, Lebanon, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt and India to make sure it found the best and most diverse talent. AECOM also aims to have a woman representative at every graduate recruitment event and to create diverse recruitment campaigns.

The resulting graduate intake certainly demonstrates the success of this plan - AECOM Middle East's intake was made up of 12 different nationalities and an almost equal gender split.

Supporting personal and professional development

The two-year Middle East Professional Development Programme aims to make the transition between higher education and the workplace easier. Graduates learn key skills for their personal development and future careers through training, site visits, and participation in social, learning and networking events. 

“We set out this year to have the most inclusive and diverse graduate mix we have ever had in the Middle East. Our recruiters used metrics to ensure the screening and selection process was as diverse as possible to allow hiring managers to interview a portfolio of different candidates against each role," said Daniel Flifel, Talent Acquisition Lead, Middle East & Africa for AECOM. "This ensured we are not just hiring diverse candidates for the sake of it, but also that they are the best candidate for the role itself."

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