The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has joined forces with Prospect to form a new group aimed at helping companies recruit and retain more women engineers and scientists.
The group, which has grown out of a conference to coincide with International Women’s Day, will establish best practice guidance to share across industry on how best to recruit and retain women in science and engineering roles
Only 6% of engineers in the UK today are women. This is due to a number of factors, such as various employers exhibiting a need to make their approach to recruitment and retention more female friendly.
The newly formed group is supported by Meg Munn MP, Baroness Prosser, Naomi Climer, President of Sony Media Cloud Services and IET President-elect and Denise McGuire, VP of Prospect. The group will also have industry representation from a range of major employers who attended the conference, including the Met Office, Atkins Global and BAE Systems.
Commenting on the new working group, Naomi Climer said: “We have talked about the lack of women in engineering and science for many years now. More female-friendly retention and recruitment practices are an important part of the challenge. By bringing together a working group which for the first time has representatives from government, trade unions, industry and professional bodies, we want to get to the crux of the issue and come up with some hard hitting and practical guidance that can help more companies address this significant problem.
“While International Women’s Day is about championing women’s achievements, it’s also about making sure that women are achieving their potential. And it’s also about making sure our world economies – which increasingly depend on engineering, manufacturing and technology – are not being hampered by the fact we are missing out on the talent and contributions of 50% of the potential workforce.”
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