Conquering gender barriers in UK EngineeringBack
We all remember taking part in the falling egg experiment at school; desperately mummifying an egg in paper towels and sticky tape, constructing a dubious looking parachute from a sheet of paper and throwing it out of the highest window of the building, hoping our make-shift construction will somehow miraculously protect it from cracking!
But for most females, this is usually the extent to which we are introduced to the world of engineering at a young age.
So with National Women in Engineering Day around the corner, 23rd June 2016, we thought it apt to delve into exactly why women are not encouraged into engineering careers and rack the brains of our Engineering Consultant (who ironically is female!) and see what her thoughts on the situation are.
A recent survey carried out by CV Library, the UK’s leading independent job site, revealed some eye-opening statistics about women in engineering, the most prevalent of which being that “71.7% of female engineers don’t believe young women are being made aware of the abundant career opportunities available in the sector”. Similarly, more than half of the participants felt that engineering was still a male dominated profession.
Sue, our Engineering Consultant, has witnessed something similar, “It is still very dominated by men and I don’t think women are taken seriously as capable engineers. There are definitely not enough engineers to go around so if women can be convinced that it is a serious career possibility, it would indeed give the industry a boost.”
However, this is not to say that women don’t want to work in the industry; a whopping 92% of the 500 female engineers asked in the survey believed that more women would want to work in engineering, had they been more informed about the opportunities at an earlier age. The participants also revealed four incentives they believe would encourage women into the sector; these included profiling more role models within the industry, raising awareness of opportunities, more emphasis on engineering in schools and actively promoting gender diversity.
A project coordinator at the Women’s Engineering Society, the society responsible for establishing the international awareness day for women in engineering, states how ‘there are plenty of fantastic opportunities for women to embrace’.
Large companies such as BAE, Mars and Jaguar Landrover are now starting to invest in actively encouraging women into engineering and onto their graduate training schemes, giving the industry the push it needs in the right direction.
So let’s move into the 21st century and demolish this stereotypical and gender divided industry through supporting National Women in Engineering Day! #NWED2016
If you're interested in an opportunity in engineering or would like to know more, contact Sue Amer, our Engineering Consultant, on 01622 236796 or email email@example.com
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