There is a skills gap looming in engineering and less than 10% of the workforce in this sector is women. With few girls currently consider engineering as a realistic career option, finding new ways to promote engineering to young women could make a real difference both by increasing diversity in the engineering sector and by creating a bigger talent pool of future engineers from which to recruit.
On 1 July, STEM Wilts and Dorset ran a special event to switch girls on to engineering and celebrate the first ever National Women in Engineering Day, established by the “Women’s Engineering Society” to celebrate their 95th Anniversary and trumpet the role women can play in the profession. South Wilts Grammar School for Girls kindly hosted the day and invited girls from two other local schools, St Edmund’s School and The Wellington Academy. The girls took part in hands-on engineering activities as well as a careers networking session.
Read more about it at www.stemwiltsdorset.org.uk