Major projects being planned across the UK in various engineering fields means tremendous prospects for engineers of the future to take advantage of.
However, there is still a skills gap to be filled for many disciplines, and a particular opportunity for more female engineers to enter the industry.
At present, only 9% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female.
To address this issue, engineering businesses must reach out to female prospective engineers early and make them aware of the potential opportunities available.
Engineering businesses also need to show they understand the importance of a good work-life balance, consider family commitments, and champion initiatives such as flexible working.
One such company taking an active role in encouraging women to succeed in engineering is Bilfinger Group, a leader in construction and engineering, whose workforce is 22.4% female as of the end of 2015; up from 20.3% in the previous year. The proportion of women at management level at Bilfinger has also risen to 10%, up from 8.6% in the previous year, with a goal of reaching 15% by 2020.
Engineering Your Future – Warrington, November 25th
For any up-and-coming engineers, or anyone interested in the field for their future career, Millbank recommends attending an Engineering Your Future event.
Engineering Your Future is a chance to talk face-to-face with people working in engineering today to learn about their day-to-day jobs and ask any questions you may have. It’s inspiring, educational and could help steer your career on the right path.
The next Engineering Your Future event takes place this Friday, 25th November at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington. Millbank will be there, alongside a number of our clients, who are hoping to encourage the next generation of engineers.