Tomorrow, the 23rd of June is Women In Engineering Day throughout the world.
The annual festival developed and coordinated by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) aims to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and inspire younger generations.
My father was an Engineer, I have set up a business in the industry and now, as a father of two young girls myself, it’ only natural for me to encourage them to strongly consider a career in the sector.
We need to show them, at as early an age as possible, what engineering involves. Get them interested in the impact they can have!
My business partner Tracey Hutchison is a member of the fledgeling Cumbria branch of the Women in Nuclear group. They are doing some fantastic things to bring attention and break down the misconceptions about the industry. And a lot of the focus locally is on schools and education.
However, for those children and adolescents who don’t have someone like us to impress upon them about the fantastic careers in the wider industry, It’s crucial for us to get the message out there and create as much impact as we can on the 23rd of June.
It’s almost the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Engineering Society (Set up on June the 23rd 1919) and we’ve made some great strides in diversity. However more needs to be done.
Women In Engineering Day ’17 is set to be a great day, that’s designed to be a fun and inspiring way for schools, colleges and universities to encourage students to take up engineering careers, but also companies, professional organisations, government and individuals to showcase their commitment to diversity.
Throughout the day there will be hundreds of exciting events, from talks, tours, open days and debates to competitions, networking events, site visits, videos and campaigns (there were more than 550 in 2016)
The mainstream media will assist. Through a partnership with The Daily Telegraph, INWED will also announce the ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35’ on 23 June – this year the list focuses on the rising female stars across all engineering sectors. Sure to be a fantastic showcase for those Engineers who have become an asset to the industry.
We should all aim to celebrate the role of women in engineering, to highlight it’s positive role models, and to inspire future and current generations to achieve their potential in this exciting industry.
It’s never too late to get involved! visit inwed.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about careers in engineering please get in touch with our team at CLEARNORTH