Women in Engineering Day 2018
23rd June is International Women in Engineering Day 2018.
A key CECA Scotland priority is to attract, secure and train a diverse world class workforce. Right now, just 5% of engineers in Scotland are women and only 10% of those undertaking STEM apprenticeships are women (just 6% in engineering apprenticeships and only 1% in construction). And this is despite the fact that at school, girls perform better than boys in STEM subjects.
Although the number of women in the profession is slowly rising, with graduate numbers at 18%, women with STEM qualifications are three times less likely to be working in STEM roles than men.
Shockingly, the number of female engineers working within the construction industry in Scotland is the lowest in Europe. This means we are missing out on the skills, creativity and talent of women in our sector.
And that’s why we are supporting International Women in Engineering Day, an international awareness day to support, inspire, celebrate and raise the profile of women in engineering. #INWED18 is an opportunity to highlight the exciting careers in the civil engineering sector for girls, young people and women returners and to celebrate the achievements of women engineers already working in our industry
The theme for INWED18 is #RaisingTheBar and as the day falls on a Saturday this year, campaign organisers – the Women’s Engineering Society – are encouraging supporters to participate during the week leading up to Saturday 23 June, as well as scheduling social media support to help get #INWED18 trending on the day itself.
We will be supporting #INWED18 by promoting a series of blogs, telling the stories of young women’s journeys into civil engineering.
We hope CECA Scotland members will get involved in supporting this campaign to promote greater diversity and celebrate the achievements of women in our sector.