11 July 2019
ISG proudly sponsored the Midlands Women in Property (WiP) Student Awards event in Birmingham where the talent, skill and ambition of the region’s property and construction undergraduates was deservedly celebrated.
The awards have been running for 12 years and recognise female students from the built environment sector.
Over 1,000 students have now participated in the awards, following nominations by their universities.
ISG’s head of social value, Vicky Hutchinson, was invited to speak at the ceremony and reflected on what it would have been useful to know when she started her career and shared some of her experiences within the industry to help guide our future workforce.
Vicky commented: “There is currently a dearth of women in the property and construction industry and we need to continue to support industry-wide initiatives that attract more young women to construction disciplines.
"By supporting programmes like this, we are creating a talent pool of young women capable of taking on the vast opportunities that exist in the industry – giving them the positive start they need to build successful careers.
“The student awards event is a fantastic platform to recognise emerging talent within our industry. Every one of the nominees should be proud of their achievements today.”
The judging panel, comprised of industry professionals including our UK Construction West business development manager for the Midlands, Ben Burton, chose Charlotte Ripley and Rasha Shrourou as this year’s winners and were so impressed with the standard of performance that they also presented Saylah Hussain with a highly commended accolade.
Charlotte Ripley, a second-year student, studying Architectural Engineering and Design Management at the University of Loughborough was described by the judges as: “an inspirational student, very engaging, and very articulate both in her presentation and interview.”
Rasha Shrourou, also a second year student, studying Architecture at the University of Wolverhampton, was described as: “passionate about architecture, she was confident but respectful, personable and professional.”
The winners received a trophy, £300 and the opportunity to take part in Women in Property’s acclaimed mentoring programme as well as progressing to the national awards on 18 September 2019 at Claridge’s, London.
Charlotte will also be joining #TeamISG for the summer, as she has been offered an industrial placement with our UK Construction West team, based in Reading.
Vicky concludes: “We are excited that Charlotte is joining us for an industrial placement – we take great pride in the ability to share our knowledge and expertise with new talent and we are sure she will go on to achieve great things.”