EngineeringUK joins AFBELive conference as strategic partner

EngineeringUK is a strategic partner for the AFBELive conference. The Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK) is a not-for profit organisation that works to increase the number of ethnic minority people who pursue a career and support them to have a successful career within the engineering industry. AFBE-UK will be hosting AFBELive which will focus on ‘The Future of Engineering: Sustainability, Innovation and Diversity’.

AFBELive will be held on AFBE-UK’s 15th anniversary to showcase its work over many years in towns and cities across the UK. The one-day conference will highlight the contributions of people from minoritised groups in the UK through innovation.

The first conference will be held on Friday 22 April 2022 at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in Savoy Place, London.

Challenging the perception of engineering

AFBE-UK was founded by siblings Dr Nike Folayan MBE and Dr Ollie Folayan. It was founded following the shortage of engineering skills in the workforce and the under-representation of people from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds.

Dr Nike Folayan is on the Board of Trustees at EngineeringUK and is a chartered electronics engineer. In a recent interview with EngineeringUK, Nike commented on AFBELive:

“AFBELive is going to be electric. There will be opportunities to network with professionals and if you are a student then there are opportunities to network with other students as well. There is also an opportunity to meet our sponsor organisations, to find out about the possible career moves that you can make and obviously there is an inspirational element where people will be inspired to think about engineering as an inclusive space for them to work in.”

AFBELive will amplify the importance of diversity, inclusion and belonging by providing all stakeholders with insights into strategies that enable growth of our industry. There will be a range of speakers, including Dr AnneMarie Imafidon MBE, Yewande Akinola MBE and Steven Rossiter, who is another trustee at EngineeringUK.

Find out more on the AFBELive website.

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