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UK needs female engineering graduates

This was the claim made by a Shard engineer at an engineering event on Monday


The UK desperately needs female engineering graduates to stay in the sector as their absence means less effective working teams said Shard engineer Roma Agrawal at the annual & lsquo;Engineer your future’ careers event on Monday.

Engineer your future, from TARGETjobs Events, brought 87 female undergraduates from engineering degrees to the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwick to take part in a day of inspirational speeches, practical exercises and networking with role models from the event’s partners: Atkins, Dstl, EDF Energy, Ford Motor Company Limited, Jaguar Land Rover, Laing O’Rourke, National Grid, Vodafone and WSP.

Engineer your future aims to inspire women studying engineering or related degrees to seriously consider engineering careers by hearing how rewarding and fulfilling they can be directly from female recent graduates and senior representatives attending on the day.

The keynote speaker was Roma Agrawal, Associate Structural Engineer at WSP, who spent six years working on The Shard. Roma exploded some of the myths behind being a successful woman working in engineering, how rewarding an engineering career can be and what it takes to be a success. She said that the biggest issue facing the UK was a shortage of engineers and that by recruiting more women into what is essentially a team job, teams will be more effective to the business.

Engineer your future is a key part of the STEMinism UK campaign, in partnership with Vodafone, which aims to raise the awareness and appeal of technical careers to female STEM undergraduates.

Kat Ward, early careers adviser at Dstl, one of Engineer your future’s partners, said, “The calibre of the students was excellent. I was really impressed that they had done a lot more research into the organisations before they spoke to us. The venue was fantastic, great area for informal networking.”



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