Women in Engineering

Young Female Engineer Working On Machine In Factory

A hot topic in the Engineering world these days is women. With claims that there aren’t enough women within the Engineering industry, this recent article ‘The Engineering gap‘ from the BBC explores the gender gap and what impacts this has on the UK.

It seems that at a time when we need to produce thousands more engineers, they are simply not there to train. Only around 20% of A Level physics students are girls and this has not changed in 25 years*.

With the UK having the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%, while Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%* it is clear there is a massive gap in the amount of women taking part in engineering roles.  But what can be done to change this?

It is believed that part of the problem is down to gender stereotypes which are forced on to children with the idea that only girls can play with dolls and kitchens whereas boys play with tools and cars. But this gender stereotyping doesn’t just end there. It is thought to be happening right the way through school life too. The BBC article spoke to many women, one of which was Sophie, who claimed that “girls are just put in the corner with a doll”.

“It’s only when you get to GCSE age that that option’s offered to you, so a lot of people might still at that age be thinking, ‘Oh well, I shouldn’t be doing building or coding,’ and stuff like that.”

Serious Engineering feel that women are just a qualified as men to work within engineering roles here in the United Kingdom.

* All facts and statistics are taken from WES and were true from March 2016.