The first ever National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) falls on Monday 23rd June 2014. Perfectly, that’s slap bang in the middle of our next I’m an Engineer event (June 16th – 27th).
NWED is all about celebrating women in engineering, and encouraging more girls to consider engineering as a career. Both to raise the profile of women in engineering, but also to address the skills gap in the engineering sector where less than 10% of the workforce are female.
Around 35% of the 280+ engineers who’ve applied to take part in I’m an Engineer to date are female, and 65% male. The % of female engineers who’ve taken part is slightly higher at 38%. But we want 50/50.
Sign up for June
The 4 zones we’re running this June, around NWED, are an Apprentice Zone, Cities Zone, Food Zone & Health Zone and we’d like a 50/50 split of female and male engineers across the zones. If you know any female engineers who can help inspire the next generation of female engineers, please do direct them to the sign up form at imanengineer.org.uk/engineer-apply.
As one student said to engineer Harriet Fletcher during a Water Zone chat “More women should take up engeneering like you! its incredible”