As well as highlighting female engineering talent, the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards seek to find role models who can help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis by promoting engineering careers to more girls and women. Just 12 per cent of those working in engineering occupations are women (source: Engineering UK).
2018 Young Woman Engineer of the Year, Sophie Harker, said: “After winning YWE in 2018, I didn’t realise how incredible my year ahead was going to be. I have had so many wonderful opportunities, from judging competitions and delivering speeches and lectures, to being encased in a giant bubble and launching clarinets into space!
“This award and the IET have provided me with a huge platform to share my story with young girls and women across the country (and even the world), passing on the inspiration that was sparked in me as a teenager – and that’s what these awards are all about. I can honestly say it has been one of the most positive and rewarding experiences of my career and I cannot wait to see where it leads me next!”
Jo Foster, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the IET said: “Engineering is a fantastic career – it’s diverse and exciting with the opportunity to do something life- or world-changing. But the lack of women in the sector is a huge problem.
“The difficulty in attracting women into engineering is down to a combination of things, including a lack of understanding around what engineering is, the image of engineers within the UK, careers advice girls are given in schools and the way that companies with engineering roles advertise their opportunities.
“It’s also a result of the lack of engineering role models for girls, which is why our Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards are all about finding role models to get girls – and young people in general – excited and inspired about a career in engineering.
“I’d like to congratulate Charlotte, Amber, Shrouk, Ying, Claire and Samantha for making the final six and in helping to demonstrate the tremendous female engineering talent in our industry today.”
The winner will be announced at the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony on Thursday 5 December at IET London: Savoy Place.
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