Forging the Future: Women in Engineering

September 8, 2014

Group of female engineers gathered on the stairs for a group shot. All wearing Training 2000 uniforms

We strongly believe that there needs to be more women in Engineering. This year, we have welcomed our greatest intake of female Engineering students to date.

Thirteen girls aged 16-plus will be commencing Level 2 and 3 Engineering apprenticeships through-out the North-West area this September. Currently only three per cent of professional construction engineers in the UK are women, which is the lowest in the EU.

Daisy Mitchell, 17, studying an Engineering Maintenance and Operations apprenticeship says:  “I have a strong interest in mechanical engineering. The UK is screaming out for engineers and the job prospects are very good.”

By raising the accessibility of technical routes into the engineering sector, BTEC and work-based qualifications can encourage more women into engineering sectors.

Daisy agrees: “The practical knowledge will be useful in my ideal career and will take me into even more advanced training”

According to researchers at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, by 2020 almost half of women will have a higher-level academic or vocational qualification and will take two-thirds of all new highly-skilled jobs created in the next six years.

Training 2000’s CEO Steve Gray concludes “Training 2000 is one of a number of education bodies which works hard to battle stereotypes that reduce young women’s career choices and we hope to create the female role models of the future.

“As Chairman at Visions Learning Trust, I’m pleased that they too have a high level of female students choosing Construction and Engineering as subjects this year. However there is still progress to be made, as recent research by GirlGuiding UK has shown that 62 per cent of 11-21 year-old girls unfortunately believe STEM courses such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics are just for boys.”

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