Encouraging women into civil engineering is core to ensuring the profession is well equipped to deliver the UK’s infrastructure needs, ICE Wales has said.
Women currently make up just 9% of the ICE membership.
As part of a thrust to grow awareness of the issue, ICE Wales Cymru and the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) recently brought together experts from across the engineering, construction and science fields to celebrate the successes of women in industry and explore the challenges they face.
Welsh Assembly member Joyce Watson hosted the debate. Watson is founder of womeninconstruction.co.uk.
Investing in skills
“At a time of economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever that we invest in skills,” she said.
“Despite more than 30 years of equality legislation, gender still clearly plays a big part when it comes to the career choices. Just 1% of frontline construction workers are women, and we cannot ignore 53% of the workforce population as a possible resource.”
Sally Sudworth, ICE Wales Cymru’s first female chairman, said that the debate was very timely.
“With a growing challenge to deliver capital projects in more efficient ways it’s essential that we have the best people on board. I want to encourage more women into the industry; it’s a fantastic career choice”.
- More information about the Women’s Engineering Society can be found at www.wes.org.uk