Local school girls from six schools in Cambridgeshire got hands on with engineering and met Anglian Water’s female engineers at a two day event at Burgess Hall, St. Ives on Thursday and Friday last week.
Friday was International Women in Engineering day and more than two hundred girls aged 11 to 16 years old from St Ives, Peterborough, Huntingdon, Sawtry and St Neots discovered what it’s like to be an engineer by quizzing Anglian Water engineers on their day jobs and experiences at the company. They also learnt about the water industry and the challenge of supplying billions of litres of water to millions of households everyday, as well as building their own water tower and beating the engineers in a Lego construction competition.
We want to work towards a more balanced workforce – not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because our industry needs women. There’s a serious shortfall of young people going into technical professions, and girls can help fill that gap.
In 2011, men were awarded 85% of engineering and technology degrees and 82% of computer science degrees. In the same year, 83% medical degrees and 79% of veterinary science degrees went to women. Only half (51%) of female science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates actually go on to work in STEM roles, compared with over two thirds (68%) of male STEM graduates.
As part of the event we launched a new video to highlight the need for more women in the engineering sector – please share it and help us inspire a new generation.
Find out about technical courses available at your local college and take a look at the jobs, apprenticeships and graduate programmes we offer at www.anglianwater.co.uk/careers