Here at Acme we are celebrating National Women in Engineering day 2015! A fantastic charity that was set up in 1919, at the end of the First World War.
What is National Women in Engineering Day?
The day has been set up by The Women’s Engineering Society and is a charity that was set up in 1919, at the end of the First World War when the women who had worked in technical jobs during the war wanted to continue with this work.
Due to a change of law to ensure that the country reverted to a pre-war settings when the War finished, women were unable to continue with their engineering jobs, and were unwanted in the technical professions.
The Aim of National Women in Engineering Day…
The aim of National Women in Engineering Day is to focus attention on the great opportunities for women in engineering, at a time when it has never been more important to address the engineering skills shortage. By encouraging girls into engineering careers we will not only be increasing diversity and inclusion – a business imperative – but enabling us to fill the substantial future job opportunities that have been predicted in this sector.
Some Key Facts about Women in Engineering;
There is a great article here that highlights some key facts about women in engineering;
- The number of girls gaining physics GCSE A* to C is now almost equal to the number of boys. But despite this, less than 20% of A-level physics students are girls – in other words they’re dropping the subject while boys carry on.
- The most recent stats from Engineering UK show that in 2013 only 14.2% of engineering graduates were female.
- While just over half (51%) of female Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates go into STEM roles, this rises to 68% among male STEM graduates.
- Only 27% of engineering and science technicians are female.
- At less than 10%, the UK has one of the lowest number of female engineers in Europe.
- The average pay for an engineering apprentice is £6.50 an hour, significantly higher than in other sectors.
- The average graduate starting salary for engineering and technology is £26,636 – a fifth higher than the typical starting salary for other graduates.
- Two-thirds of manufacturers plan to recruit an engineering apprentice in the next 12 months, while two-thirds plan to recruit an engineering graduate in the next 3 years.
Join Our Team!
We have a wide range of engineering positions available up and down the country and are currently seeking refrigeration and catering engineers. We also offer a range of apprenticeships in refrigeration and catering and encourage all females between the ages of 16-18 to apply for one of these apprenticeships, for more information take a look at our website!
For more information about women in engineering and how your business can support them, take a look at their website.