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Yorkshire Business Ambassador working with Meg

Monday, November 12, 2012

Yorkshire business ambassador, Margaret Wood, recently invited Meg Munn MP to her Wakefield factory to discuss the future of women in engineering and science related industry. Mrs Wood was keen to discuss with the Sheffield MP ways to encourage more young women to pursue and then stay in careers in the science and engineering sectors.

As a scientist and business leader in manufacturing Mrs Wood has campaigned and mentored women into science related sectors while developing her own ICW (UK) Ltd specialist glazing business. In the past Mrs Wood’s ICW (UK) Ltd glazing company has worked with Sheffield Hallam and Bristol Universities to develop new products for clean room and life science industries.

Meg is Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Women in Enterprise and last year published ‘Unlocking Potential: perspectives on women in Science, Engineering & Technology’, which explores what is holding women back in science and what can be done to unlock the potential.

After touring the glazing factory Meg commented:

“Tough economic times demand that we support the niche manufacturers who are locally based. They are the businesses which can create growth and support sustainable jobs long term.

The social impact of science and technology is often the driver attracting women into these sectors as opposed to men who have very different motivations. It frequently gets overlooked.

My research proved that women are attracted by the fact that engineering can save lives or improve the quality of life for people.  Society cannot afford to ignore this connection as we fail to retain many talented women in engineering and science with a staggering 70% fall out rate.

They need positive role models and I am working with employers and local universities to ensure that they and their mentors are given the opportunity to develop and make a contribution.”

Mrs Wood said:

“Women have already demonstrated that they are able they just need the right environment to be able to flourish.”

Unlocking Potential: perspectives on women in Science, Engineering & Technology can be read at: http://www.smith-institute.org.uk/file/Women%20in%20SET.pdf

For details of ICW (UK) Ltd visit: http://www.icwukltd.co.uk/


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