International Women’s Day 2015 – Women in Engineering

Article posted on: 8th March 2015

With women accounting for around 7 per cent of the professional engineering workforce in the UK, and less than 4 per cent of engineering technicians (Institute of Engineering and Technology – Skills and Demand in Industry: Annual Survey 2013) it is clear that the industry as a whole still has substantial ground to cover in encouraging women to follow careers in engineering.

Engineering is a rewarding, diverse and challenging career and with future projections predicting that the UK will experience a severe shortage of engineers in the forthcoming years it is important to look at what can be done now to help support the future of engineering and specifically women in engineering.

Where is the tipping point?
As students start to select subjects for their A-levels this can be seen as a significant tipping point for the number of women progressing to study engineering. Less women select to study math, physics and chemistry at A-level, all of which are key subjects required (a combination of any two will be essential in applications) should you wish to progress to an engineering degree at University.

Supporting Women in Engineering from an early age
We support the employment of women in engineering and we are proactive in our involvement with ensuring women are informed of the opportunities available, the benefits of choosing a career in engineering and how Clancy Consulting Ltd can support them in their career choice.

We are passionate about equality across the industry and strongly believe this should be highlighted from a young age to help support and steer students when making choices in subjects for further study. We feel the key to encouraging more women into engineering is to make it an appealing option for girls from an early age, and to repeat this message both inside and outside of school.

Apprenticeship schemes with Clancy
Our apprenticeship scheme offers students the opportunity to join us and receive fully supported training whilst continuing in Further Education on day release schemes with local colleges and education facilities to achieve an industry recognised qualification. We currently have five apprentices with us four of whom are female.

Beth Wright, an apprentice with Clancy Consulting’ s Birmingham office, offers her views on the benefits of taking part in our apprenticeship scheme.
“Being able to contribute to a real live project. I now appreciate how muchhard work is put into designing a building, and ensuring it fulfils thespecifications to the highest standard. What may seem like a simple structure is in fact far from basic! I love how the apprenticeship has helped me develop numerous new skills, whilst still being able to earn and climb the career ladder.”

Higher education support
Mike Powers a Director from our Birmingham office act’ s as a mentor as part of Brunel Universities Women in Engineering scheme. He offers Polyxeni Maragkou, who is currently completing her masters in engineering at Brunel University, professional guidance and support in the delivery of her masters. This is through meetings and discussions as well as review of her intended submissions to help at every stage.

Interested in knowing more?
We regularly attend career fairs across all levels of education and we will be in attendance at the following career fairs to provide some more guidance to students on their choices and how Clancy Consulting Ltd could support their professional development and a career in engineering.

• Tuesday 10 March 5pm–7pm – Connell Sixth Form College, 301 Alan Turing Way, Manchester, M11 3BS
• Wednesday 11 March 6:30pm–8:30pm – Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Cavendish Road, Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2NL

If you are interested in learning more around the opportunities for women in engineering with Clancy Consulting Ltd please contact our HR manager Jane Saynor at jane.saynor@clancy.co.uk

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