National Women in Engineering Day!
Happy National Women in Engineering Day everyone!
As a large engineering firm ourselves, we are always happy to see more and more women getting involved in engineering throughout the years.
However, according to government figures, the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%, while Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%. While the number of women professionals working across the engineering sector is growing, it is still woefully behind where it needs to be.
As many continue to point out, women make up 51% of the UK working age population, yet account for just 8% of professional engineers. Currently the engineering workforce is 94% white and 92% male. This is a massive missed opportunity for an industry sector crying out for talent. It must break out of the image of being male, pale and stale.
By 2022 somewhere between 500,000 to 1.8M new professionals will be needed in the engineering sector – roughly a doubling of the number of graduates and apprentices coming out of universities. According to McKinsey, enabling women to meet their full potential could add £20 trillion to the UK GDP by 2025.
So let’s continue to show our support for all the young girls and women out there who are hoping to become involved in an exciting and growing field
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