The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) has used International Women’s Day to launch the Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) for 2019, announcing this year’s theme will be Current or Former Apprentices.
WES will use this year’s Top 50 to bring to celebrate stories of women who have entered the engineering profession through an apprenticeship and to highlight the opportunities offered to women by taking this route to an engineering career.
Alongside the celebration of women in engineering, one of the goals of the WE50 is to raise awareness of the significant discrepancy in the number of men and women in engineering, and that encouraging more women into the profession could have a significant impact on the skills gap facing the industry in the UK.
Women make up around 14% of engineers in the UK, but just over 7% of engineering apprentices are female. By encouraging women to seek out apprenticeships, WES hope this imbalance will be reduced, and more women will see a career path for them.
The public nominations process closes on 8 April 2019 and full details of the criteria can be found on the WE50 hub on the International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) website.
The awards will be presented at a June ceremony in London, in tandem with WES’ annual global campaign International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).