Just one per cent of parents see their daughters becoming engineers

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13th January 2015 14:18 - Engineering

New research by the Institution of Engineering has found that only 1 per cent of parents, who have a daughter, can see them becoming an engineer in the future.

However, the survey also found that 11 per cent of parents would pick engineering as a career path for their son, as opposed to 1 per cent who would choose it for their daughter.

The survey, which questioned 770 parents with children aged 11-16, revealed that only a few parents viewed jobs related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects positively.

Of the respondents, 18 per cent believed that their sons would be well suited to a career in a STEM subject, opposed to just 9 per cent of parents who had daughters.

An alternative piece of research has outlined that less than 10 per cent of engineers in the UK are female and 62 per cent of girls aged 11-21 believed that STEM subjects were for boys.

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