June 23rd is National Women in Engineering Day 2016! Bradbury currently has two women working in our technical department; Isabel Mead, Apprentice Design Engineer, and Natalie Khangura, Prototype Engineer. We also have a senior female engineer due to start June 27th.
In support of National Women in Engineering Day, we will be taking part in the Twitter campaigns; #NWED2016 and #RaisingProfiles. Isabel and Natalie have been interviewed for articles on ApprenticeMakers and Success at School’s websites, and have also written about their experiences as women working in engineering which will be posted on our blog over the next two days.
Today, Paul Sweeting, Technical Director at Bradbury, shares his views on female engineers.
“Despite not specifically recruiting engineers of either gender, we have discovered that there are far fewer women seeking engineering careers than men. This, in turn, makes it less likely that we find suitable female candidates.
Engineering is sometimes thought of as a masculine subject, but the reality is that modern engineering spans many aspects. Schools and colleges should encourage more females into STEM based careers.
Some businesses need to tackle the stigma that engineering is a male profession. Bradbury already do this, through working strongly to tackle the potential issues in recruiting women engineers, with it being a male dominated environment; we want them to feel accepted and comfortable.
More women should pursue a career in engineering! It will provide a challenging, varied and rewarding career path.”