Special guest HRH The Princess Royal joins senior figures from across the UK’s engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors today [9 September] to celebrate the achievements of female engineers.
9 September 2014
Organised by WISE, in conjunction with Equate Scotland, and hosted by industry partners Babcock at their Rosyth facilities, the event recognised the invaluable contribution currently made by female engineers across the UK. It highlighted the pressing need for more women to become involved in engineering, with industry figures being joined by schools, colleges, universities and a number of high-profile organisations that promote science, technology and engineering.
Chaired by TV presenter Kaye Adams, guest speakers from Primary Engineer, Tain Royal Academy and Equate Scotland examined how to inspire the next generation of the female engineering workforce. Industry representatives from Shell and BAE Systems highlighted existing good practice being taken to redress the gender imbalance in the sector. Women working in defence, oil and gas, renewables and academia discussed their experiences as professional engineers.
The event concluded with HRH The Princess Royal, Royal Patron of WISE, highlighting the need to show girls that engineering can be part of their future just as much as it can be for boys. Her Royal Highness said:
“The ripple effect of these events is hugely important in the long term.”
Seen in picture is left to right: Ian Booth, Programme Director Aircraft Carrier Alliance, HRH The Princess Royal, and Jon Pearson Delivery Director
The WISE campaign inspires girls to study and build careers in science, technology and engineering. They offer training and consultancy to help organisations create an environment where women can do their best work and thrive. Helen Wollaston, Director of WISE, said:
"Women looking for an exciting, financially rewarding job where they can make a positive difference need look no further than engineering. Many people don't realise the variety of opportunities out there across a whole range of industries - the event at Rosyth will help to spread the word."
Equate Scotland, based at Edinburgh Napier University, is funded by Scottish Government to take positive action to increase the number of women moving into STEM roles, working with both women and employers to support this transition. Linda Somerville, Director of Equate Scotland, said:
“We know that women engineers are very committed to their jobs and get great satisfaction from their work. But the UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers in Europe – a particularly worrying statistic given the sector’s struggle to find enough skilled staff to meet demand. Employers must think more widely about how they can adapt to recruit and retain women in engineering”.
Sean Donaldson, Site Director Rosyth, commented:
“We are delighted to welcome HRH, The Princess Royal and delegates from Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) to our Rosyth facilities to discuss and celebrate the successes and contribution women are making within engineering today. We heard many inspiring stories throughout the day and importantly explored opportunities to increase the number of women considering a career as an engineer or a profession within an engineering environment. As the UK’s leading engineering support services organisation, Babcock remains continually focused on the challenge of encouraging both young men and young women alike into this exciting and progressive sector”.