International Women in Engineering Day – #MenAsAllies

Set up in 2014 to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) this national, now international, awareness day focuses attention on the amazing careers in engineering and technical roles for young women.

Taking place on Friday 23 June, the event allows us to celebrate the achievements of our outstanding women engineers. Even more important when only 9% of the engineering workforce is female, and only 6% of registered engineers and technicians (i.e. CEng, IEng, and EngTech) are women.

Working together

This year, our campaign will focus on the one team approach that we have here at JBA – with both male and female engineers working alongside each other on a variety of projects. The WES campaign theme of ‘Men as Allies’ reinforces this message. It is one we will be promoting both internally and externally to staff and clients.

On Tuesday 20 June, Alex Scott (JBA Trust) and Rebecca Alexandre (JBA Risk Management) are presenting at Skipton Girls’ High School, an engineering academy, about the work we do and on careers in engineering.

Marc Pinnell and Iain Craigen, are also attending an event at Rosebery School, Epsom, on Friday 23 June alongside the Environment Agency. They will be demonstrating the JBA Trust’s latest physical model – the augmented reality sandbox.

Furthermore, we will be posting regular blogs throughout this week highlighting the many different roles our engineers undertake on different projects.

Early engagement is key

Marc Pinnell, JBA Consulting Managing Director, commented, “We are very pleased to be supporting International Women in Engineering Day, and specifically the events at Skipton and Rosebery girls schools. Despite their achievements in maths and science at school, young women do not seem to think that engineering is a suitable career for them. This therefore means the engineering sector faces a skills shortage. We must find ways to address this misperception and we believe early engagement is the key. By championing the rewards, challenges and fun that a career in engineering offers, we hope to encourage the brightest most talented individuals into our sector and to join the team at JBA.”

Alex Scott, JBA Trust Programme Manager, said, “Engineering is a fundamental aspect of our business. We think it’s really important to promote the industry, to inspire school children at an early age to consider engineering as a future career.”

Women’s Engineering Society

With this day, WES is aiming to influence society as a whole. They’re focusing positive attention on the role of engineering. In particular the part that women in engineering play and the career opportunities that exist.

Kirsten Bodley, Interim CEO of Women’s Engineering Society says: “We’re really pleased to have so much support for International Women in Engineering Day this year and aim to increase our reach to a wider audience with our theme of ‘Men as Allies’; raising the profile of the opportunities available to women in engineering.”

Want to know more?

Contact Alex Scott for more information on our attendance at the above events. You can also read our blogs throughout the week, plus the blogs from last year, in our website Knowledge Hub.

Why not visit our engineering pages as well, to find out more about the work we do and the projects we could help you with.

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