International Women’s Day 2016 – Engineering … It’s not just for boys

Article posted on: 8th March 2016

Engineering and construction careers have long been considered a male dominated industry and as part of International Women’s Day we look at how, as a firm, we are tackling the gender divide within the industry.

Clancy Consulting have a longstanding history of proactively working to bridge the gap on gender diversity within the workplace. As an organisation we have teamed up with contractors, clients, industry bodies and education authorities across the engineering and construction industry to tackle the stigma around women in engineering and construction embarking on international campaigns and education road shows.

Data recently sourced from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that women currently make up 11.2% of the construction workforce – the lowest level on record in the past three years. This figure, along with the analysis conducted by the Royal Academy of Engineering which suggests the industry needs to see more than a million new engineers and technicians in place by 2020, highlights the importance in addressing gender diversity within the industry. The Royal Academy of Engineering additionally highlights only 9% of engineers in the UK are women and only 6% are registered engineers and technicians.

The engineering and construction industry offers an exceptionally wide variety of stimulating and creative career opportunities available to both men and women. Gaining a qualification in engineering provides an individual with the skillset to embark on a career with worldwide reach where they can be involved with projects that positively impact the world in which we live.

Head of HR at Clancy Consulting, Jane Saynor, comments on the challenges faced by the industry.

“Encouraging women into a career in engineering is something we are very passionate about as a firm. We are steadily seeing an increase in the number of women opting for careers in engineering but this is an on-going challenge and one that needs addressing from early school years ensuring todays girls and women are aware of the opportunities available to them and the life changing opportunities available from selecting a career in engineering. We work with education authorities and bodies to help spread the word on the great opportunities available to women in engineering and we have been lucky enough to have a number of our staff, from apprentices to directors, both present to and mentor girls and women through promotion of the industry in schools, colleges and universities as part of our wider partnership with the WISE Campaign – an organisation dedicated to encouraging girls and women into careers that utilise science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.”

Whilst the challenge is on going, and one we proactively address, we are pleased to recognise that currently 23% of our workforce are female, which is more than double the national average.

In addition 50% of the apprentices at Clancy Consulting are female, showcasing our commitment to not only encouraging women into engineering but, also highlighting alternative routes into a career within the industry and the importance of early education around the opportunities out there.

By helping to reduce the gender gap in our workforce we recognise how we can, in turn, have a positive impact on individuals and the industry as a whole ensuring we are able to continue to drive positive change and development of the built environment to better support the society in which we live and offering both men and women the opportunity to embark on a stimulating and multidimensional career.

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