In AT and DE, a remarkable observation can be made when looking at the gender split in the
professions of architecture and civil engineering: More than 50% of all study beginners in architecture are female but only 20% of women ultimately practice their chosen profession; in the profession of chartered engineering consultancy (which architects can become after several years work experience and by undergoing additional VET programmes) the rate drops once again to 5-10%
being women. This reflects the overall poor gender quality situation in some European countries
whereas others are doing fine: Whilst AT and DE are at the bottom amongst EU Member States, ES
and FR are in the upper third of the rankings and SI even sits at the top of the class. Certainly, the
gender split is strongly determined by macro-structural factors, however, as we know from ES, FR
and SI, intensive engagement at the policy level as well as offering VET programmes and guidance
concepts specifically dedicated to women’s needs and demands foster their full participation in
Therefore, the project seeks to achieve the following aims and objectives:
• The issue of poor gender equality in the profession of chartered engineering consultancy is much
less known, therefore it will raise general awareness towards this topic amongst the main target
groups and stakeholders (women studying/working in architecture and civil engineering; architecture and civil engineering offices; chambers and professional associations of relevance, HE/VET providers; policy makers).
• Identification and collection of relevant features, frameworks and indicators which promote or
hinder the proportion of women within the profession of chartered engineering consultancy in the
different partner countries.
• Selection of best practice results from each country and their transfer to and testing in other partner countries (e.g. professional coaching and continuing VET offers for women, support for personal development activities etc.).
• Development and sustainable application of a valid and reliable measuring job tracking system
which allows for documenting the careers of both, men and women, to identify similarities and
differences; based on the required data, education providers, chambers and job coaches can
develop better tailor-made training and consulting programmes to overcome the existing gender split.
• Setting-up a sustainable thematic network of different experts, target groups and stakeholders that
share their expertise, know-how and experience from different countries and learning/working
cultures. The partnership develops two main tangible results:
• The 4 IN 1 COMPENDIUM containing four parts: A) the NATIONAL COUNTRY REPORTS give an
insight into gender-related situations and frameworks in each partner country and allow for relevant
indicators and examples of best practice; B) in the BEST PRACTICE COLLECTION 20 examples of
VET programmes and job coaching are introduced which are likely to prepare women better for
specific challenges in the male-dominated environment of civil engineering; C) the CAREER
TRACKER ANALYSIS gives an overview of findings when piloting the career tracking system (see
below), including recommendations and lessons learnt for improvements D) the STRATEGY AND
POLICY PAPER provides an overall summary of the project outcomes and requests appropriate
actions from regional, national and EU policy makers to make gender equality in Europe a reality.
• With the CAREER TRACKER, the partnership creates the first ever job tracking system for
chartered engineering consultants. This online tool allows the continuous collection of information
and feedback on how graduates start their working life, what kind of gender-based discrimination
they are exposed to and whether or not they are sufficiently prepared with the skills needed to
perform well in their job, especially if one is woman. Based on this data, VET and job consulting
programmes can be better customised to women’s needs and demands; they also allow policy
makers to improve their ambitions in realising gender equality. The partnership represents the national chambers of chartered engineering consultants from AT, DE
and SI, the gender equality group of the Technical Univ. of Valencia/ES, the gender VET expert
ARVHA from FR, and lastly the dissemination, QM and measuring tool development expert OXYS
Short-term impact is achieved by raising general awareness, sharing knowhow and best practice
examples between countries and upskilling VET and job consulting experts in chambers and
business associations; medium-term impact is achieved by upskilling women through innovative
training and consultancy programmes to tackle better gender-related challenges in the workplace;
through the direct involvement of policy makers at different levels in the project work, a changing of
mindset will lead to changing policies, which again facilitate gender equality in Europe in the longterm.