Female engineers need celebrating, IET says

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29th May 2015 12:01 - Engineering

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) have called on female engineers to enter its Young Women Engineer of the Year Award, with the aim to communicate to young females that engineering is an exciting industry, with creative and challenging careers on offer.

The United Kingdom currently has the lowest proportion (6 per cent) of female engineers in Europe, as opposed to Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus, with 30 per cent.

A recent survey by The Institute of Engineering and Technology discovered that just 7 per cent of parents would encourage their young daughters to pursue a career in engineering.

Engineering UK warned that should the lack of females in engineers continue, the UK will be in a profoundly weakened position to find the 1.82 million people with engineering skills that employers are projected to require from 2012-2022.

The Institute of Engineering and Technology’s 2015 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards aims to raise the profile of the current, most successful female engineer and encourage them to become role models to inspire the next generation of women in engineering, with the aim to help tackle the issue of the gender imbalance in science and engineering.

Naomi Mitchison, the current Institute of Engineering and Technology Young Woman Engineer of the Year, said of the findings:

“I chose engineering because having done Maths and Physics at school it seemed like an interesting way to put those subjects to good use, while doing something a bit unusual and different.

“The great thing about winning the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year award was that it made me realise that the work I do promoting engineering gives me the opportunity to be a role model. I don’t think you wake up one day and decide to be a role model, you just realise that standing up and speaking in front of student, parents and teachers means you are seen as such, and that’s an important realisation.”

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