Engineering leaders seek new ways to boost the number of women in the sector on International Women in Engineering Day, 23 June 2017
Partnership Manager, Women's Engineering Society (WES)
On 23 June 2017, International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), founded by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), celebrates the achievements of women in engineering and inspires younger generations.
Women make up less than 10% of the engineering sector in the UK. With a large skills gap looming and the additional need for a more diverse workforce, it has never been more important to inspire and encourage more people, especially women, to choose a career in engineering.
Set up in 2014 by WES to celebrate its 95th birthday, this national, and now international, awareness day focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities in engineering and technical roles, including for girls and young women, and celebrates the achievements of women engineers and technologists.
Working in partnership with many of the engineering world’s globally recognised names, WES itself will be celebrating the day with events in London. UK-based engineering and innovation company Colas Ltd, one of the sponsors of INWED in 2017, has worked with WES to hold a Breakfast Roundtable at the House of Commons, hosted by Mims Davies, MP for Eastleigh. Participants will include Allan Cook (Chair, Atkins), Benita Mehra (WES President) and Caroline Gumble (Chief Operating Officer, EEF).
This invitation-only panel will seek to explore key ways forward in an international context and highlight issues related to women in engineering. It will explore one of INWED’s key themes in 2017, ‘men as allies’, for, as Caroline Gumble explains: “Without male decision makers as allies, women will continue to be unrepresented in the engineering sector at all levels.”
Lee Rushbrooke, CEO, Colas Ltd, commented: “Colas is a proud sponsor of International Women in Engineering Day 2017, promoting, rewarding careers and opportunities in engineering for women. Colas is committed to supporting greater diversity within the sector and actively encourages women in engineering.”
Benita Mehra, President of WES, remarked: “WES exists to provide a voice to women in engineering. We need to find more and better ways to increase the number of women taking a full part in engineering and allied sectors with actions from employers, educators and policymakers. I am very much looking forward to sharing this INWED Roundtable with such eminent and influential colleagues.”
Notes for Editors
1. International Women in Engineering Day takes place on 23 June 2017, the date of the foundation in 1919 of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES). WES is a charity which was established to promote diversity in engineering. It is a membership organisation and supports women engineers; encourages the engineering education; and supports corporate engineering diversity and inclusion. www.wes.org.uk
For further information about the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) contact: Women’s Engineering Society, Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Herts. SG1 2AY Tel. 01438 765506 email email@example.com
2. For full details of INWED events in 2017 see the website listing at: http://www.inwed.org.uk/events-2017.html
3. For further information about Colas Ltd please contact firstname.lastname@example.org