At the event 32 female students aged worked together to build a giant tetrahedron, and heard about life as an engineer from Nicola Beale from the Environment Agency and Lauren English from VolkerFitzpatrick. Greg Lettington, Director at Hays Engineering, introduced the students to the benefits of a career in engineering.
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 Nicola and Lauren 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.”
Tim Duggan, Head of Design & Technology. Archbishop Temple School said: “Our girls thoroughly enjoyed making the pyramid, working in small teams to solve a problem and achieve a set goal. The experience built on knowledge and skills previously touched on in design and technology. A few of the girls are already considering engineering as a career path.”
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