15 professionally registered engineers and technicians have been included in this year’s Women’s Engineering Society (WES) UK Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50), which was announced in celebration of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on 23 June 2019.
Aiming to showcase the extensive female talent across the sector, this year’s WE50 focuses on women who are currently apprentices or who started their engineering careers through apprenticeships. Dawn Childs, WES President said of the awards “Apprenticeships remain one of the key routes for technical education and subsequently, to qualifying as an engineer”.
Winners have come to engineering through many different paths and work in sectors that represent the breath of engineering, from professional services, to pharmaceutical, aerospace, facilities management and automotive. The range of roles that appear in the WE50, including Technical Support Apprentice, Principal Engineer, BIM Technician, Project Coordinator and Senior Systems Engineer, demonstrates the possibilities available to women and to apprentices in engineering.
The 15 registrants in this year’s WE50 are:
Rachel Carr EngTech
Heather Clarke CEng
Bethany Holroyd EngTech
Kelly Jeffrey EngTech
Charlotte Jones EngTech
Paula McMahon CEng
Sarah Mulvanny EngTech
Jenny Smith EngTech
Laurie-ann Sutherland Smith EngTech
Charlotte Tingley EngTech
Tammy Whelan EngTech
Jade White CEng
The WE50 were judged by a panel of industry experts and head judge, Dawn Fitt, commented, “As a former Engineering Technician Apprentice it has been a pleasure to see first-hand the fantastic achievements of both current and former apprentices. I believe that this year’s list showcases the career opportunities for any woman wanting to pursue an engineering apprenticeship.”.
The WE50 awards take place each year to coincide with INWED, a day which celebrates the achievements of women in engineering and related roles and highlights the opportunities available to engineers of the future.
A full list of the WE50 winners is available at www.inwed.org.uk/we50-2019.