Today is International Women in Engineering Day, and this year’s theme is shaping the world. International Women in Engineering Day is now in its 7th year, we have made huge progress but there is still a long way to go.
International Women in Engineering Day has three main goals,
- To support women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and leaders and to reward excellence
- To encourage and promote the education, study and application of engineering
- To work with organisations and influencers to promote gender diversity and equality in the workplace and sustain the historic legacy and future effectiveness of the Women’s Engineering Society
Currently, 12.37% of all engineers are women in the UK however in all STEM A-Levels except Chemistry more girls get A*-C grades than boys – including Further Maths, Maths, ICT and Design and Technology, so what can we all do to inspire more young women into engineering careers?
Future, and shaping the world is a core value that is important to Apollo, we understand the importance of inspiring young engineers and this is in part why we run our Apollo Young Astronaut competitions, in hope of inspiring more young girls into engineering and STEM careers.
At Apollo, we have a positive attitude that is open, honest, fair and respectful to colleagues, customers, the community and the environment. We take our own and our colleagues’ career development seriously. We are willing to change to improve and question the status quo and this relates to the male-dominated nature of engineering currently. At Apollo, we work hard to employ the best people, who are passionate about engineering. This means that we have some great role models and more experienced engineers that have been able to mentor some of our younger graduate engineers.
In respect of International Women in Engineering Day, we have spoken to some of our female leaders and female engineers about what they believe we can do to change the perception of engineering and how to encourage more women and young girls into engineering.