Local school girls from twelve schools in Cambridgeshire got hands on with engineering and meeting female engineers in a two-day event last week as Anglian Water celebrated Women in Engineering Day 2019.
More than 300 hundred girls aged 10 to 14 years old from Wisbech, Chatteris, Peterborough, and Huntingdon had a chance to discover what it’s like to be an engineer by quizzing Anglian Water engineers on their day jobs and experiences at the company.
They also learnt about the water industry and the challenge of supplying billions of litres of water to millions of households everyday, as well as have the opportunity to build their own water tower and beat the engineers in a Lego construction competition.
Marcia Davies, from Anglian Water’s education team, said: “We are relying on a new generation of motivated, passionate and well-trained engineers coming forward to ensure we can continue to provide world class water and sewage services to our customers.
“Female engineers are a minority in our teams, but we want to change that. We want to inspire young minds today to pursue a worthwhile and exciting career in engineering.”
Did you know?
- The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%.
- Only 9.7% of engineering occupations within the sector are occupied by females.
- Only 25.4% of young females would consider a career in engineering.
- Only half (51%) of female science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates actually go on to work in STEM roles, compared with over two thirds (68%) of male STEM graduates.
Anglian Water has a well-established recruitment and apprenticeship programme for engineers. Experts estimate the UK needs to double the number of recruits into engineering to meet demand and over 220,000 additional new recruits with STEM backgrounds will be needed in the utilities sector by 2027.