Women in STEM - are you in or out?
Organisations come together to promote gender diversity in engineering, science and manufacturing
Professional organisations and engineering/STEM employers are coming together today (Monday, 30 June) to address the poor representation of women in engineering, science and manufacturing. Alderman Fiona Woolf, CBE. The Rt.Hon The Lord Mayor of London will address delegates at the half-day Women in STEM Conference organised by Prospect and not-for profit organisations Talent Retention Solution (TRS), Women in Manufacturing and the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
The Institute of Mechanical Engineers estimates that less than 7% of the 2.3 million engineers employed in the UK are female. At the same time, the UK faces a considerable skills gap in meeting the requirement for the estimated 2 million engineers required over the next decade (Source: Engineering UK). To help meet the future needs of the UK’s economy it is imperative that all available resources are mobilised, which includes women currently qualified as engineers or scientists and those aspiring to be engineers/STEM professionals. Today’s event has been developed to bring together the many voices, organisations and initiatives keen to address the gender imbalance and find ways to tap into this huge talent pool to meet the UK’s requirements for a skilled workforce especially in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.
Commenting on the event, Alderman Fiona Woolf, CBE said:
“In answer to the question posed by today’s conference, I am most certainly IN! I am proud to be the second female Lord Mayor in over 800 years....and I am proud to be a ‘woman in STEM”.
The half day event incorporates a range of speakers and panel discussions from private and public sectors, including Dr Angela Gallop, Chief Executive of Forensic Access and Axiom International ltd, Professor John Perkins, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Business and Innovation and Skills, and Fiona Jackson Head of Strategic Resourcing at EDF Energy. Danni Turnbull and Charley Hurley from the newly launched Women in Manufacturing in6iitaitive, will present the interim findings of a national survey focused on women returners, and Meg Munn MP for Sheffield Heeley will lead roundtable discussions with panelists Dawn Bonfield from WES; Sue Ferns from Prospect; and Richard Smith from TRS.
“Events like this help us to raise awareness of these key issues facing the economy and society. To help the UK stay competitive we need to tap into all available talent and female engineers/STEM professionals have a key role to play,” said Richard Smith, Engagement Director for the Talent Retention Solution, the national skills and careers platform representing Manufacturing and Engineering sectors.
Attendees will be encouraged to network, share experiences and explore ways to work together to address these key issues affecting the UK economy.