Celebrating Women In Engineering

We’re proud to be supporting International Women in Engineering Day 2018 on Saturday 23 June – as the campaign celebrates its fourth year across the UK.

2017 surveys indicate only 11% of the engineering workforce is female and the UK has the lowest proportion of female engineering professionals in Europe; so it’s vital we encourage more girls and women to consider this field as a career. That’s why we’re committed to building key relationships with colleges and universities across the country and supporting multiple STEM initiatives.

As part of our support, throughout June and July we’re sharing amazing stories of female engineers, to showcase diversity and inclusivity in what’s historically been a male-dominated industry. This ties with our efforts to support 2018 as the Year of Engineering – a 12-month campaign to tackle the engineering skills gap and grow the range of young people joining the profession.

This year’s theme for International Women in Engineering Day is ‘raising the bar’, and that’s certainly what these remarkable women have been doing. We hope you’ll be as inspired by their stories and achievements as we are.

Celebrating budding engineer Chelsea Back

Trainee electronics engineer Chelsea Back is a motivated woman working her way up through the industry. At just 22 years old, she's taking the field by storm. University student, BrightSpark winner, DesignSpark blogger, STEM Ambassador and part-time solderer all rolled into one. There aren't many people who'd juggle as many studies and hobbies as hers.

Breaking stereotypes at BrightSparks 2018

A group of inspiring young women have been smashing misconceptions about engineering at this year’s EW BrightSparks programme. Among the accomplishments of these women is amazing work such as growing eyes from stem cells for blindness at Great Ormond Street Hospital and designing The StairSteady – an aid to enable people with limited mobility to use their stairs confidently and safely.

The women making Cypress Semiconductor a success

What does it take to work for a hugely successful global manufacturing company? We paid a visit to the team at Cypress Semiconductor to find out. We met some of the women working for Cypress – one of our leading suppliers which creates pioneering technology used in many of the world’s most popular mobile phones and leading brand cars.

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