The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is today launching its 2016 Young Women in Engineering Awards.
Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the IET is launching the event and calling on successful young female engineers to enter.
Despite recent figures from the IET Skills and Demand in Industry survey showing that women represent just 9% of the UK’s engineering workforce, the awards aim to recognise successful women across the industry and demonstrate that engineering is a diverse and exciting industry.
President of the IET Naomi Climer said: “Women are woefully underrepresented in engineering. In a profession with a serious skills shortage, this represents a problem for the economy as well as for diversity. To coincide with International Women’s Day, we want to make it clear that engineering is a fantastic career for women. Not only that, but there are thousands of female engineers doing amazing things in everything from healthcare technology to space exploration.
“The Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards showcase some of the best female engineering talent in this country, hopefully encouraging girls – and boys – to get excited about the possibilities of an engineering career.”
Former winners of the awards include Orla Murphy, an audio engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, Naomi Mitchison, a senior hardware engineer at Selex ES, and Abbie Hutty, a spacecraft engineer currently working on Europe’s first Rover mission to Mars.
Murphy, who is the current IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year, said: “My favourite subjects at school were music, maths and physics so by doing engineering I was able to combine all of those subjects into a degree and now a job that I absolutely love.
“By winning the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award, I have been given the opportunity to be an ambassador for women in engineering and to showcase the capability of women in the sector, as well as raise the profile for women in the industry.”
The deadline for entries is 30 June 2016. For more information, visit: www.theiet.org/ywe