National Women in Engineering Day (#NWED2016) is now an International awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. It takes place annually on 23 June.
The UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers in Europe, so practical new guidance just out to help employers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related industries improve diversity is very welcome. It’s been put together by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Prospect, the union for professionals, with many members in the in the science and engineering sectors.
Naomi Climer, IET President, said: “Only 9% of engineering staff are women and the lack of gender diversity is contributing to skills shortages that are damaging the economy. The shocking reality is that the UK is missing out on half of its potential engineering and technology workforce by failing to attract women into the industry.
“With this in mind, the IET is leading the way in encouraging more women into the sector. We know, for example, that many employers acknowledge that the lack of women in their organisations is a real problem, and so we hope this guidance will prompt them to take practical action to address this – both in terms of how they recruit more women and how they nurture the talent of those they already employ.”
JPG are currently recruiting for various roles within the business and would like to highlight our commitment to gender equality within engineering. For more information about the roles available please view our recruitment page.