Dr Ollie Folayan, AFBE-UK Scotland chair

ENTRIES are now open for an awards event that will champion diversity and inclusion successes in Scotland.

AFBE-UK Scotland, a social enterprise which encourages people from under-represented groups to pursue a career in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors, plans to hold its awards event this November in Aberdeen.

The four awards categories are the Outstanding Mentor, Young BME (black minority ethnic) Professional of the Year, Company of the Year and BME Leader of the Year.

Colette Cohen OBE, the chief executive officer of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, will be the keynote speaker at the awards gathering.

AFBE-UK Scotland (Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers Scotland) has supported pupils, students, graduates and industry professionals since it was established in 2011 as an offshoot to the London-based AFBE-UK. The group runs several programmes and workshops throughout the year with the aim of addressing the under-representation in various sectors, including engineering.

Dr Ollie Folayan, AFBE-UK Scotland chair, said: “Our awards gala is always a fantastic event which recognises the many diversity and inclusion achievements. It’s also an opportunity to hear about successes, and hopefully meet new business contacts and engage with stakeholders and influencers.”

The Aberdeen-based organisation has three engagement programmes: its schools programme, NextGen, in which industry professionals give up their time to highlight engineering as a career choice to pupils; Real Projects, which invites industry professionals to speak on their area of expertise, and Transition, which gives students and recent graduates practical career advice through talks, CV reviews and mock interviews.

More than 6,000 people have attended AFBE-UK Scotland events in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

The deadline for entries is June 12.