Women in Engineering: Recruiting Top Talent
Last week saw a Google engineer fired from his job after claiming that female engineers were inferior to their male colleagues. The consistently low numbers of women in engineering beg the question: how can we attract and retain the female engineers needed for the advancement and innovation of the industry?
Whilst 20% of Google engineers are women, only 9% of the UK’s engineering workforce is female – the lowest in Europe – while Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with 30%.
However, there is a simple solution: working with world leaders in engineering is the key to smashing stereotypes, promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education and rewarding careers to prospective talent, and making the engineering workforce more visible and welcoming to women.
Many global organisations across the Engineering sector, as well as the Aviation & Aerospace, F1 & Automotive and Marine industries, publicly champion women in engineering and support diversity in STEM, including:
The power of speech is not to be underestimated: businesses must shout louder to be heard amongst the noise of social media, and in a transparent recruitment industry candidates value honesty and integrity.
World-class engineering businesses are increasing awareness and adding credibility to the cause by publicly acknowledging the existence and importance of female talent to the industry.
By sponsoring Women in Engineering events or adding the company logo to a Women in STEM website, industry leaders align their brand with the values of their diverse employee base to inspire and encourage women looking to enter the field.
Increasing the number of women in engineering also aids the recruitment of engineers from all backgrounds. Showcasing your support proves to technical workers that you care about their perception of your business, positioning your company as a great place to work and attracting candidates to your business over a competitor.
Supporting women in engineering is a win for female engineers, for global businesses and for the engineering industry.
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