Traditionally, engineering has been considered a 'male' domain. The energy and utilities sector is determined to address this and recruit talented men and women into its industries at every level.
We want everyone to know that there are opportunities available for school leavers upwards, if you choose the right qualifications. To achieve this, the sector is working to promote STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), particularly to young women. This will:
Help young women to realise their potential
Improve women’s potential pay and prospects
Develop a bigger and more diverse pool of talented people for the sector
Contribute to economic growth
We’re also ensuring that, once qualified, every woman has the chance to achieve her potential as an engineer, applied scientist or leader. This means providing roles for women returning to work after having children – plus the flexibility and progression opportunities to combine work with being a mum.
The sector is also open to women currently working in other industries. There are many career pathways open, including the option to up-skill or re-skill through further study or training. With many companies offering first-class support and resources, women have every opportunity to excel and advance.
"It is encouraging to see that our efforts to highlight the importance of engineering as a career have had a positive effect and that more women and girls are seeing it as an exciting career."
Vince Cable, Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, February 2014
Read Sophie, Stephie, Zoe and Alex's stories to find out what they have to say about what their jobs involve as women in engineering.
(Britain) "...produces 12,000 engineering graduates a year - and there are currently 54,000 vacancies.""
Sir James Dyson, February 2014
How Amy started her career in the utilities sector