Tag: Women in Engineering

Emma : an apprentice role model

An apprentice with aspirations

Here’s a great example of a young lady determined to enter Engineering and find her place  in what is no doubt a male dominated team – and not a hard hat in sight!

Emma’s enlightened view is that she wants a career which, is practical, plays to her strengths, and has the advantage of earning whilst also training.

Her outlook is positive and I like the way the video presents her apprenticeship as more than just skills training. It’s also about the sense of achievement, responsibility, interacting with people of different ages, realising how you fit into society, making friends and of course also earning a living. read more

Engineers must get Emotional

If engineering is serious about attracting more of the young, and women in particular, to the profession then it is missing a key factor… emotion!

Check the video to see why and how?

Barrie Weaver April 2016

Will.i.am stresses the social value of Engineering

As Will.i.am said

“most kids today aren’t dreaming of being programmers, scientists or engineers………

but manufacturing gives people dignity and pride that they make things that are needed and desired ” 

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Will.i.am rightly highlighted that many young men and women lack a sense of purpose in today’s world.

A few decades ago that purpose could well have come from a vast array of manufacturing industries that built the country’s wealth.

It might have been tough, sometimes dirty, work but there was an underlying pride and camaraderie in making things that society needed.

With 90% of traditional manufacturing gone, engineering in the UK has changed dramatically; but it does exist.  And it is still about developing and making things that have a value to today’s society. read more

London fashion shows Engineering a way forward

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As Engineering laments the number of young women interested in joining its ranks it could learn a lot from the fashion industry as the recent London Fashion Weekend demonstrated.

Thousands of young women came along for a brief insight into next year’s fashion trends. They’d each willingly parted with £30+  to see 2 catwalk shows each lasting no more than 15 minutes and a chance to buy edgy clothes at a discount.P1040243

Whilst the event was very professionally stage managed what struck me was that there was no understanding on the part of the consumer as to where and how these clothes come about.

OK there are fashion designers, but they are just a small cog in a sophisticated industry. Without engineering the designer’s ideas would come to nothing. read more

50% of engineering graduates don’t go into engineering. Here’s why!

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.05.10Numerous reports have spelt out the chronic lack of young engineers. Now the Royal Academy of Engineering highlights that of those who do graduate in Engineering subjects less than 50% go on to enter the mainstream profession.

This dire fall out underlines a fundamental problem in the sector, and since engineering degrees are among the most expensive to deliver, it is also a huge waste of valuable resources. So why does this happen?

An engineering graduate’s tale

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“After 3 year’s tough studies (compared to many degrees) I’ve just graduated with an engineering degree. Now I’m looking for my first rung on the career ladder. read more

Add Engineering to Alexander Mcqueen and the result is Awe Inspiring

This weekend I visited the Alexander McQueen fashion exhibition at the V&A in London.

Creations of an untethered mind realised through immaculate craftsmanship. Well worth a visit!

What’s that got to do with engineering you may ask?

Well the highlight for me was the laser technology behind one particular exhibit. A hologram of Kate Moss in a flowing gown, that wafts around her in the wind. She appears from nowhere, and floats before you; there …. yet not there. Something that could only be realised through an extraordinary piece of engineering. read more

How to encourage the young to delve into Engineering

My congratulations go to Imagine Publishing, I’ve just discovered their How It Works series on Amazing Technology.

These richly illustrated magazines (not cheap) give an engaging insight into the technology behind a vast selection of gadgets and topical engineering. Most importantly they present the social relevance of engineering and today’s teens want to know the WHY of a technology not just the WHAT.  This is very much the case with girls.

Academic purists will no doubt say it’s all too simplistic and lacks detail but if we are trying to encourage those around 12-15 yrs  to consider a future in Engineering these are a great aid. Teachers and parents take note. read more

Don’t Knock Jony Ive’s Passion

Following the recent launch of iPhone 6 and iWatch Yahoo’s Tech Columnist Rob Walker took a tilt at Jony Ive’s video presentations.

Now I know they’re high profile (and much mimicked) but we should be applauding Ive’s love of engineering and the way he underlines the skills of the Apple team, not belittling it.  If only there were more such engineers around, particularly here in Ive’s home country the UK.

What Jonathan underlines is that behind these products lie innovations, at many levels, which the vast majority of our consumer society just take for granted.

It’s done in a way that is low on tech speak, makes you look more closely at the product, and leads you to realise they result from the collective effort of dozens of creative engineers. Yes engineering is very creative! read more

Women don’t talk Engineering

If the world of public speaking is an indicator of public interests then women and engineering just don’t mix.

Women Speakers has a roster of guest speakers upon which to call. 293 highly articulate women able to present and discuss diverse subjects across 109 categories –  from art and history to gardening, education, fashion, health, business etc.  Yet nowhere does an engineer or engineering feature.

Granted there are commentators with a science background but their focus tends to be around planet earth’s issues such as ecology and global warming.

We, in the developed world, are surrounded by technology and engineering that just a few generations ago would have been inconceivable. Even the future thinkers of your great, great grandparent’s era could not have imagined the world in which many of us live today be it cooking a meal, travel, shopping, being entertained or recovering in hospital –  I could go on. read more

Young Women who Love Engineering

Engineering envelops every aspect of our lives, yet here in Britain it is much undervalued by a huge percentage of the population. According to a study by the Robert Bosch Group only 23% of the young think Engineering is of any importance to our economy.

So why aren’t the young, and girls in particular, being attracted into Engineering? Last year only 400 girls completed engineering apprenticeships, whilst 58,600 studied Health and Social Care.

The image of engineers as greasy men in dungarees or hardhats, faced with factory closures has been hard to shrug off. It has prejudiced the views of many parents and teachers in guiding teenagers away from careers in engineering. read more