Engineer a future for women

Girls in Engineering

It’s National Women in Engineering Day this week, which is dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of women in engineering.

So, why is this day so important now than ever?

In the UK, women represent just 6 per cent of engineers, one of the lowest percentages in Europe.

The lack of women in engineering is a significant problem, contributing to skills shortages which damage the economy.

If we continue to fail to attract women into engineering, the UK will be in a significantly weakened position to find the 1.82 million engineers it is estimated the country will need between 2012 and 2022 (according to Engineering UK).
It means that women are missing out on interesting and rewarding career opportunities and industry is missing out on the innovation that comes with greater diversity in the workforce.

That is why the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), along with other organisations, invest a great deal of time and resource into attracting more women into engineering and celebrating those women that do work in the industry.

For instance, the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards recognise the achievements of female talent in engineering and aim to encourage and inspire other girls and women to enter the profession. This year’s awards close today.

Industry must be proactive, too, especially in marketing their jobs to women.

Addressing the gender imbalance in engineering also needs to remain high on the Government’s agenda.

Naomi Climer, President-elect, Institution of Engineering and Technology, London.

Source: Leicester Mercury



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