To mark International Women’s Day, an event was held at the Irish Aviation Authority - Embracing Difference to Drive Success - which explored themes relating to inclusivity and in particular, some of the current challenges faced by the industry in creating a more diverse and sustainable talent pipeline.
The event is part of a number of activities being undertaken as part of the ‘Aviation Industry Year of Inclusion 2020’, which is an initiative of the Aviation industry, supported by Government and in partnership with the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion.
It aims to grow knowledge and build awareness around inclusivity, with a specific focus on increasing the representation of women in aviation.
Speaking at the event, Sandra Healy, Director of the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion said;
“The desire for more inclusivity within the aviation industry is evident from the many organisations we are engaging with. The path to getting there is what this programme and partnership is about.
The aviation industry is incredibly dynamic and the potential for growth is substantial but competition for good people remains a big concern. Creating a cultural shift from within is vital to attracting more female talent and the appetite from the industry to do that is clear.
Through this initiative we are creating actions that are meaningful and tangible for organisations. We have kicked off a large body of research which will deliver the first real insight and benchmark for the industry.
Out of that we will develop an Action Plan to support organisations on their inclusion journey making the sector more appealing to a wider pipeline of talent.“
For more information about the DCU and Aviation Industry Year of Inclusion visit: www.dcu.ie/hr/year-of-inclusion.shtml
Sandra Healy, DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion, Ronan Gallagher, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and Marina Efthymiou, Assistant Professor in Aviation Management, DCU
About the DCU and Aviation Industry Year of Inclusion 2020
Dublin City University, in partnership with the aviation industry, has kick-started a year-long focus on the area of inclusion within the aviation industry.
The ‘Year of Inclusion in Aviation 2020’ encompasses a range of activities aimed at growing knowledge and building awareness around inclusivity, with a specific focus on increasing the representation of women in aviation.
Activity is driven by the ‘The DCU and Aviation Industry Inclusion Advisory Committee’ which includes senior representation from across aviation. Founding partners include Aer Lingus, the Dublin Airport Authority, The Department of Transport, Sport and Tourism, AMCK Aviation and KPMG. The Aviation Working Group (AWG) has come on board as a sponsor of the initiative.
About the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion
The DCU Centre is a central hub for research, advice and knowledge exchange on diversity and inclusion.
The Centre creates a bridge between DCU’s talent, industry bodies and specialist groups, helping organisations build cultures of inclusion by providing access to the very latest in academic research, insights and tools on diversity and inclusion.
It supports organisations in all aspects of their diversity and inclusion journeys. A core element of the Centre is a membership community of academic experts, informed practitioners, thought leaders and networks that research and produce best practices in workplace diversity and inclusion.