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Building bridges to a career in engineering

7 March 2014

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Students from Hadley Learning Community in Telford benefitted from a hands-on introduction to careers in engineering at an event held by Hays, the leading recruiting expert, and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on Friday 7 March.

At the event 50 female students aged between 11 and 14 worked together to build a 12 metre long bridge in the school’s engineering gallery, and heard about life as an engineer from Project Engineer Yvonne Aust. The event encouraged young women to consider different career options and took place in to support International Women’s Day on Saturday 8 March, which is focused on ‘Inspiring Change’.

The event was organised in response to the underrepresentation of women in science and engineering, making up just 13% of the workforce. With 1.86 million job opportunities predicted in engineering companies by 2020, there are many opportunities for young women to take up careers in science and engineering. 

Greg Lettington, Director at Hays Engineering said: “It was fantastic to see these young people so excited about engineering. Women only represent a minority of the science and engineering workforce, but engineers like Yvonne help to show young women that engineering is an achievable and exciting career choice. I hope that this event will encourage some of these students to consider a career in engineering in the future and help increase the numbers of women in engineering.”

Yvonne Aust, ICE Shropshire Chair and Chartered Civil Engineer said: “I enjoy the fantastic opportunities which my career gives me.  It’s such a varied and exciting profession to be in.  However, there are currently less than 10% of women working in civil engineering. My hope is that by speaking at events like this and sharing my experiences I can help more girls aspire to follow me in to this very rewarding career.”

Phil Thompson, Assistant Head Teacher and Director of Engineering at Hadley Learning Community said: “This has been an excellent opportunity for our female students to work with a role model such as Yvonne. The session allowed the girls to see the potential of working in engineering and many of the students explained that they had not realised that engineering has so many different fields that could be of interest to them. Students also stated it had given them food for thought when considering their options in Year 9.”


About Hays

Note to Editors
Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 30 June 2013 the Group employed 7,840 staff operating from 239 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2013:

– the Group reported net fees of £719 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £125.5 million;
– the Group placed around 53,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 182,000 people into temporary assignments;
– 29% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 40% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 31% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
– the temporary placement business represented 59% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 41% of net fees;
– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA

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Kathryn Jones
T. 020 7200 3760

About the Institution of Civil Engineers

Notes for Editors:
Representing 4,500 members, who live and work in the area, ICE in the West Midlands works to raise the profile of civil engineering share knowledge, encourage new members and influence decision making in the region.  For further information on the West Midlands ICE, please visit: 

For more information contact:

Jane Clinton, Marketing Communications Executive, ICE West Midlands
T: 0121 2505737
M: 07825 890863