21 June 2016/Categories: Media News, Press Releases 2016
The ECITB is flying the flag for the Women in Engineering campaign through various activities across the UK.
Activities ranging from case studies in local press to supporting regional Women in Engineering events will take place to support this year’s women in engineering day on June 23rd. These activities are part of the ECITB’s wider campaign to increase the numbers of women within the engineering construction industry.
Encouraging women into the engineering construction industry is becoming more and more important with the Government highlighting the inequality of gender within the industry. The ECITB continues to work on developing work strands and collateral to educate and advise women on the opportunities available within the industry. Our STEM engagement activities are also focused on targeting equal numbers.
ECITB chief executive, Chris Claydon said:
"At the ECITB we strongly believe that we need more women in engineering. The country is short of engineers and we are not managing to attract sufficient women to join our industry. We are striving for gender balance in our activities but the engineering construction industry, like many other sectors, still has a way to go. However, we should ensure that wherever we can in our activities and employment we ensure that we are working towards ever greater diversity to better reflect society and progressive values."
The ECITB will be taking part in a range of activities this year.
In the Humber region we are supporting Mike Cargill from UKStem with collateral for an event involving 80 young women.
In collaboration with Jacobs UK, which also has a strong women in engineering focus, the ECITB has placed a case study in the Northern Echo showing just one example of the contribution women can make in the industry.
In the South East region of the industry the ECITB is participating in a market place event at The John Innes Centre in Norwich organised by Connect Education and Business. The event is an all-female activity day with upwards of 150 students from 15 schools in the Norfolk and Suffolk areas attending.
Following the success of the 2015 ECITB Training & Development Awards where 50% of winners were women, including the Apprentice of the Year, the ECITB is keen to recognise the contribution women already make to the industry and has announced a new category for the 2016 Awards, celebrating the achievement of women in engineering. The winner of the Women in Engineering award, nominated by one of the ECITB’s in scope companies, will be presented with her prize at the Awards dinner in Manchester on October 19th 2016.
The ECITB has many other strands of activity to encourage the uptake of engineering construction occupations by women such as its schools engagement programme, through visits to all girls schools, and its membership of Women in Nuclear Engineering.
For more information on the awards dinner and other news from the ECITB, please visit our website, www.ecitb.org.uk.
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Established in 1991, the ECITB’s mission is ‘Securing Engineering Construction Skills now and for the future’. The ECITB is the skills, standards and qualifications body with statutory responsibility for the development of the engineering construction workforce of Great Britain. The ECITB has a global footprint and supports clients in 18 countries, providing engineering and project delivery skills across the energy, processing and construction sectors. The ECITB works closely with employers and governments to attract develop and qualify engineering construction personnel in a wide range of craft, technical and professional skills and disciplines. Over the last 25 years the ECITB has supported 1.4 million learners. For more information please visit www.ecitb.org.uk