Last weekend many celebrated International Women in Engineering Day and this year also marks the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society. Recent figures show that after 100 years, only 11 per cent of professional engineers in the UK are female - the lowest rate in Europe. This is evident in our own office here at Devin Consulting; from our team of 11 engineers only one is female. Laura Walker is one of our Design Engineers and is currently working on a number of projects including the prestigious Nine Elms Square in London.
Laura completed her Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and was the only female on her course. Laura is also a member of the WES, “It’s important to show girls that they can be engineers – we need more women in our industry. In a global survey, 85% corporate diversity and talent leaders agreed that: ‘A diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial to encouraging different perspectives and ideas that drive innovation.’
It is estimated that there are 20,000 engineering roles currently unfilled in the UK so it’s crucial that we work towards changing perceptions.
A recent survey by PwC shows girls tend to be more interested in solving world problems, and that this is the most important factor in their choice of career. As a society we need to do better at explaining how engineering technology could solve some of those issues and allow young women to see a path to achieving their goals. In the meantime we rely on engineers like Laura to continue to forge the way and become role models to the next generation.