I’ve worked in STEM industries throughout my career for over 25 years, in food manufacturing, construction, accountancy, engineering sectors.
I love working in the manufacturing sector and am passionate about inspiring more women to join the industry, supporting more women to take up leadership positions and promoting the range of exciting careers available in the sector to assist in filling the skills shortage the industry is going through.
Last year I met a female structural engineer that had left the industry, retrained as a life coach but wanted to get back in the industry. Didn’t know how to go about this and was also looking for a mentor.
Throughout my working life in STEM sectors I’ve seen only a handful of women on Boards or in senior management positions.
In 3 years of apprentice intake at a heavy engineering company we had only one female apprentice out of 30 apprentices.
Many of the engineering companies I’ve worked with have no women on the shopfloor, not for a want of trying but they don’t get women applying for the roles.
I work with The work-wise Foundation who are a charity set up to promote engineering and manufacturing careers in schools, academies and colleges. A lot of work is being done in this area to encourage the next generation of girls to consider STEM careers.
– Jackie Cook, Founder and Engineering Associate
As a woman with over 30 years working in engineering sales and business development, I would love to see equality in STEM it would be a real step forward. STEM opportunities and careers need to be available to everyone. Why? My concern is that during the last 20 years a large delta in people with the right skills has developed in STEM industries and as long as the number of females entering STEM based careers is far below the national demographic split of males and females at roughly 50:50 split (2019), that skills gap cannot be filled. The numbers simply won’t work. I have the opportunity to talk about the pros and cons of the vast range of careers in these industries. Once we have attracted women into STEM, we need to ensure that we retain them and their skills. Equality in STEM is a platform for us to talk about the needs of individuals on career development and to offer advice and support on personal development within the STEM industries. Stronger together.
– Angela Taylor, Engineering and Foundry Associate