National Women in Engineering Day 23 June 2016
National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) will take place on the 23rd June 2016 and provides the perfect opportunity for schools and organisations across the UK to dispel gender barriers and encourage more girls and women into the engineering sector.
NWED was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in 2014 as an inaugural event to encourage more girls to consider engineering as a career. Promoting engineering amongst girls will not only create more diversity, where fewer than 10% of the engineering workforce is women, but it will also help address the looming skills gap in this sector. Last year, over 250 schools were involved in NWED, and this year we want to follow on from that success and get more schools involved, in order to establish NWED as a bigger and better day.
Anyone can get involved and help encourage girls and women into engineering careers. All you need to do is host an engineering-related event or activity and publicise it, using social media (using the #NWED2016 hashtag) and mainstream media. The event could be an exciting engineering activity, or a talk inviting a local female engineer to speak to young people about rewarding opportunities within engineering. The main thing to remember is that you want the public to be aware that engineering is a diverse and exciting profession suitable for everyone!
For more information, visit http://www.nwed.org.uk and request a free resource pack