National Women in Engineering Day celebrates female careers within the sector and aims to highlight the lack of diversity in engineering, while encouraging more women and girls to think about becoming an engineer.
This year’s theme is about ‘Raising Profiles’ and the day coincides with the release of the Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering list. There will also be a number of events taking place throughout the UK
Currently only nine per cent of the engineering workforce is female, with the UK holding the lowest percentage of female engineers in Europe. This is despite the fact that 64 per cent of engineering employers have a shortage of engineers in the UK, which threatens their business.
In a global survey, 85 per cent of corporate diversity and talent leaders agreed that, ‘a diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial to encouraging different perspectives and ideas that drive innovation.’
The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) created the National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) as an inaugural event in 2014 to celebrate their 95th anniversary.
The aim of National Women in Engineering Day is to ‘focus attention on the great opportunities for women in engineering…By encouraging girls into engineering careers we will not only be increasing diversity and inclusion – a business imperative – but enabling us to fill the substantial future job opportunities that have been predicted in this sector.’
The Women’s Engineering Society is a charitable and professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists. They campaign to encourage more women into STEM careers.
To find out more about National Women in Engineering Day or to find events in your area, click here.