According to the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) just nine per cent of the UK’s engineering workforce is female. Doubling the number of females working in the sector would add an extra 96,000 people.
Here at Morson International, we’ve pledged to double the number of female contractors we have by 2020. At the time of writing this whitepaper, we’ve more than 1,800 female contractors working in various roles throughout the globe. Yet compared to those specifically in engineering, the number of females compared to male sits at 7.5%.
According to the survey, better education of the careers available (50%), a change of attitudes (46%) and encouraging more young girls into STEM subjects at school (48%) is what’s needed to help balance the male to female ratio.
This lack of awareness amongst children and their parents has been a significant obstacle to attracting talent to technical professions, which has contributed to the skills shortage. If children don’t know what roles there are, then they cannot aim for them and may be missing out on developing a fulfilling and financially rewarding career.
Careers education also needs to go beyond the classroom and into the community so that future generations and their influencers understand the opportunities on offer. Parents who are flexible workers are already evangelists for technical professions, but we now need them to influence their friends and their friends’ children as well as their own families if we are to fill our future skills needs.
Ged Mason, CEO of the Morson Group, said:
“Our aim is to inspire the next generation of engineers and also showcase the skills required to work in engineering to help females in other sectors realise what transferable skills they have and their career prospects in this industry.
“Research shows that nearly half of female engineers enter the industry through a family connection, highlighting the importance of role models within the sector. There’s also the stigma that says engineering is only for men, which is why part of our campaign is changing the perceptions amongst parents, teachers and young people who believe it’s a male profession.
“The new Government has a responsibility to deliver more incentives to tackle diversity in engineering and get more females in STEM. We invite MPs, universities, colleges and schools to work alongside us and use our market insights and knowledge gained over the last 48 years to develop robust strategies to combat this.”
Want to know more? The full Morson Hinkley Skills Survey explores the importance of flexible workers in infrastructure.
Based on the opinions of more than 2,500 independent flexible workers from across the UK, the Hinkley Point C Skills Survey provides a real insight into how to tackle the skills gap, why contracting is an increasingly popular working choice, how to encourage more diversity in engineering and what holds a flexible worker back from spreading their wings and seeking new opportunities in different sectors.
In particular, this whitepaper draws attention to what factors attract flexible workers to a role and if they would consider relocating for work. This is especially pertinent with many major infrastructure projects, which require specific levels of locally-sourced skills. Click here to download your copy