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How to change the negative perceptions of engineering

Monday, April 2, 2012

Currently around 70% of women with relevant qualifications leave the science, engineering and technology professions, leading to a waste of their talents and the resources used in training them for these sectors of the economy. This combined with the fact that not enough girls choose to study engineering at university, means that the UK economy suffers from a serious skills shortage in these important areas.


As part of her campaign to increase the numbers of women working in these professions Meg Munn MP arranged to meet Cathy Travers, Regional Development Director of Mott MacDonald, to discuss the difficulties of recruiting and retaining women in the engineering sector. She also discussed with a number of Cathy’s colleagues about how their work in secondary schools, and their apprenticeship schemes, helps to attract students and change negative perceptions of engineering.


Meg said:


“It was really interesting to meet a Sheffield employer to discuss their experiences of recruiting and retaining female engineers. I was particularly impressed by the work that they are doing in schools to promote engineering as a career path for students in general and girls in particular. 


The meeting was important as part of my work with Sheffield University to make Sheffield the first choice for women working in science, engineering and technology. It is vital that local employers get on board and support this effort - and the meeting with Mott MacDonald was a positive step towards achieving this.”


If you would like to read more about these issues follow the link to the pamphlet edited by Meg, ‘Unlocking Potential: perspectives on women in science, engineering & technology’: http://www.smith-institute.org.uk/file/Women%20in%20SET.pdf


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