The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Who are The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)?
At the IET, we inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community to engineer a better world. As a diverse home across engineering and technology, we share knowledge that helps make better sense of the world in order to solve the challenges that matter. It’s why we are uniquely placed to champion engineering. We offer membership to individuals from a range of engineering disciples, sectors and interests, and as a multidisciplinary institution we reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century.
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are the IET involved in?
As one of the largest engineering institutions, we promote engineering and technology careers to young girls and women, helping them to see that engineering provides an exciting, creative and rewarding career option.
Some of our campaigns
We’re keen supporters of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) which takes places every year – in 2018 we launched a new video campaign designed to challenge industry stereotypes that might be stifling young people’s career choices. The #SmashStereotypesToBits video features five women engineers turning the idea of a stereotypical ‘pillow fight’ on its head by using their skills in engineering. It aims to inspire young people to consider a STEM related career. The campaign was in response to IET research, which found that only 12% of young people surveyed said their current studies make them want to pursue a career in STEM. The video has been watched over 700,000 across the IET’s social media channels.
As part of INWED 2018, we also held a ‘Women in Engineering’ conference which included presentations, panel discussions and practical workshops, where delegates gained best-practice guidance and looked at how to inspire, attract, recruit and retain more women in engineering.
The IET’s award-winning Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards celebrate women working in modern engineering – and aim to help change the perception that engineering is predominantly a career for men by banishing outdated engineering stereotypes. In December 2018, Sophie Harker, an Aerodynamics & Performance Engineer for BAE Systems, was named IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2018.
Why did the IET join WISE?
“Like WISE, we want to make it clear that engineering is a fantastic career for young girls and women. Outdated views are damaging to the industry, especially when there is a significant shortage of engineers posing a serious threat to the economy. Not only that – but there are thousands of female engineers doing amazing things in everything from healthcare technology to space exploration.
“We’re delighted to be working with WISE to help raise the profile of engineering to young girls and women, showcasing how diverse, creative and exciting it is as a career, with opportunities to do something life – or even – world changing.”
– Jo Foster, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at the IET