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International Women's Day

It's almost time for International Women's Day (March 8th), a day which we celebrate every year as a business. It's important for our industry with engineering and manufacturing historically being dominated by men.

Despite the fact that the UK founded the world’s first women’s engineering society in 1919, only a small number of women make up the engineering workforce. Female engineers account for only 12% of the industry’s labour.

On the bright side, the sector is reporting high career satisfaction for women, with 95% of female engineers finding their job rewarding and are happy in their workplace, but the lack of women engaged in engineering remains a pressing and worrying issue.

Just looking at Britain alone, we are suffering from a shortage of engineers, a recent survey states that the UK requires 1.8 million new engineers/technicians by 2025 in order to keep up with demand.

This year's theme for International Women's Day is #EmbraceEquity - "The IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme seeks to get the world talking about why "equal opportunities are no longer enough" - and can in fact be exclusionary, rather than inclusive."

"Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances, and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome."

It’s important to start the process from the hiring process, including blind recruitment or removing any prejudices that might exist. Taking full advantage of the talent pool is key in embracing diversity and inclusion.

Training and mentoring staff is also very important. We are in the middle of offering all of our staff training on diversity and inclusion, so everyone is aware and upkeep the high standard of diversity and inclusion.

Company culture is very important to us, as we aim to create an atmosphere where all of our staff can thrive, are comfortable and feel valued. Building this culture of acceptance is key to business success. We are allies and should work together.


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