WES signs SME Graduate Employment as first Start-Up Partner


SME Graduate Recruitment is the first Partner to sign up to the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) brand-new Start-Up Partnership grade. WES has designed the Partnership to assist the next cohort of engineering businesses to pledge their support to diversity in engineering.

The new Partnership category has been created to ensure that all organisations can gain support for their equality, diversity and inclusion goals no matter their turnover or infancy. The Start-Up Partnership is targeted at organisations in their first three years of registration and with less than £250k turnover.

SME Graduate Employment Director, Matthew Parry joined the WES Partnership programme to help highlight the employment opportunities that exist within SME organisations.

Matthew had the following to say, “Many of the businesses I work with all have great career opportunities in common but are often overshadowed by the bigger graduate employers and are not always able to connect with the best students and graduates. Similarly, students and graduates are not always aware of the great opportunities that SMEs can offer, even though over 99% of businesses in the UK fall into that category. There are not enough women in engineering; by partnering with the Society I hope to make more women students and graduates aware of the fantastic opportunities that are offered by SMEs.”

The Women’s Engineering Society has been working with industry Partners for several years. Organisations dedicated to improving workforce diversity engage with businesses of all sizes, stages, and sectors with similar challenges. The introduction of the Start-Up Partnership is aimed at plugging a gap in the industry and support organisations that could be present in the FTSE 100 one day.

WES’ Chief Executive Elizabeth Donnelly said of the new Partnership, “As someone who has also set up and run my own business, I know you need all the help you can get in the early stages. That’s why I’m delighted that WES is supporting women engineers starting their own business by offering a new low-cost partnership for start-ups. Partnering can give new businesses a leg up through partner networking opportunities and access to our expert resources for companies. We hope that this will be the beginning of a long-standing relationship with new companies as they grow and expand.”

WES encourage more organisations to support start-ups with similar opportunities to help improve equality diversity and inclusion within engineering. More information on the work that WES does can be found on the WES website at www.wes.org.uk.

SME Graduate Employment
SME Graduate Employment was launched in December 2020 by Matthew Parry, who has been in the recruitment industry since 2005, the last 5 years specialising in student and graduate roles. Prior to this he worked in positions of responsibility in customer service. The business covers the UK, and while most industry sectors and job types are covered, the main focus is on all engineering disciplines. Matthew sources and places work-ready university students and graduates in internships, placements, and permanent roles with small to medium sized businesses.

For further information contact Beatrice Pryor, Partnerships Manager at Women’s Engineering Society on Beatrice.Pryor@wes.org.uk or call