ScottishPower Renewables celebrates female engineers on International Women in Engineering Day

ScottishPower Renewables celebrates female engineers on International Women in Engineering Day

Students from 11 Suffolk secondary schools enjoyed an insight into the world of engineering as part of International Women in Engineering Day 2018.

Pupils from Felixstowe Academy, Ipswich High School and Stradbroke High School were among more than 20 schools from across East Anglia that attended the East of England’s Women in Engineering Event in Chippenham, near Newmarket on 21st June.

Sponsored by East Anglia ONE windfarm developer, ScottishPower Renewables, the event celebrated the next generation of women engineers, demonstrating to youngsters how women are ‘raising the bar’ in pursuit of more diversity in engineering.

Victoria Sinclair, supply chain strategy manager at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “Sadly a lot of girls don’t see engineering as a career choice. Women make up less than 10% of the engineering workforce, and with a large skills gap on the horizon, the importance of promoting workforce diversity and opportunities in the sector has never been greater.

“Today’s event is hugely important in tackling the industry stereotype of men in boiler suits and hard hats – it has shown the girls how innovative, challenging and exciting engineering can be and how it is a career choice open to all, regardless of gender. We are committed to inspiring the next generation of game changers.”

Hosted by the charity Connect Education and Business, the event is part of a global awareness scheme, coordinated by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), which seeks to increase the profile of female engineers and focus attention on engineering career opportunities available to women.

Attendees were also able to interact with a variety of exhibits from STEM companies in industries as diverse as offshore wind energy, marine and civil engineering, while speakers outlined their personal experiences in engineering and opportunities available within the sector.

During the day Ipswich Academy was announced as the winning school in the ScottishPower Renewables’ No Waste Challenge. The competition involved students investigating sources of waste from their home or school before designing a plan to achieve zero waste by 2020.  The youngsters then gave a short presentation to a panel of judges showcasing their waste reduction proposal. The winning team received £500 for their school.

Julia Bolton, assistant project manager at ScottishPower Renewables and No Waste World challenge judge, said: “It was a tough competition to judge due to the very high standard of entries and innovative ideas all the schools presented.

“Clearly a lot of research and hard work had gone into the projects and we were particularly impressed by how passionate the team from Ipswich Academy were in sharing their plan with their whole school and families at home.”

Other Suffolk schools who attended the event included Chantry Academy, Hartismere School, Mildenhall College Academy and Thurston Community College.

To learn more about INWED#18 www.connecteb.co.uk/women-in-engineering-events.