A group of 43 girls from years nine and ten were introduced to the possibilities of a career in engineering at the event organised by Hays Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) as part of National Women in Engineering Day.
The students worked together to build a giant tetrahedron, giving them a hands on experience of the problem solving work of engineers. They also heard first-hand about life as an engineer from Andrea Robinson, a senior engineer at Sefton Borough Council, and from Liz Smith, a graduate engineer with Arup, who spoke about her experiences working on international projects.
Greg Lettington, Director Hays Engineering said:
“The UK faces a severe shortage of engineers but currently women make up less than one in ten engineers. Initiatives like National Women in Engineering Day are an important way to encourage more girls to consider engineering as a career and provide the skills we need for the future.”
Kate Harrison, Vice Chair of ICE North West said:
“Civil engineering is traditionally a career thought to be more suitable for men. The ‘Women in Engineering’ initiative aims to show that the reality is very different and female students can make a rewarding and fascinating career choice by becoming a civil engineer. This is lent weight by the fact that a looming skills gap means engineers will be in great demand for their skills in building the vital services which maintain the high standards of living we enjoy today.”
Jo Edwards, Independent Careers Adviser working in Greenbank High said:
“As a school we strive to ensure our pupils explore career ideas right from Year 7. We encourage them to challenge career stereotypes and never to limit their opportunities and prospects. We're delighted to be able to host the Women in Engineering event and the chance to give our pupils an insight into an often misunderstood, but vast career area with exciting future careers globally. This is a fantastic chance for the pupils and staff to find out more about a career area that offers an ever expanding range of opportunities post year 11, with many companies offering funded training to degree level.”
National Women in Engineering Day was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society to raise the profile and celebrating the achievements of women in engineering.
Women make up just 7% of the engineering workforce, but with double the number of recruits into engineering needed to meet demand, here are many opportunities for young women to take up careers in science and engineering.
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