Industry must celebrate success of women engineers

Marking National Women in Engineering Day 2016 (23 June), ICE Director of Membership, Seán Harris call on UK industry to encourage more women into engineering.

Seán Harris, ICE Director of Membership said:

"Civilisation stands on the shoulders of the civil engineers who build our cities, deliver sanitation and connect people across the globe, and it is vital that we inspire and recruit the next generation of engineers. To do this, we must present ourselves as inclusive and diverse. UK engineering lags behind much of Europe in terms of a gender-balanced workforce, and employers risk becoming increasingly marginalised if they ignore the benefits of attracting more women into the profession.

"Women represent 12% of ICE's total membership and female applications to ICE are slowly rising, with graduate numbers at 16%. We must continue to reach out to those who dismiss engineering, and better celebrate the success of women in our industry. ICE is implementing a Diversity and Inclusivity plan which aims to tackle unconscious bias within the sector. We are also working with industry to develop internship programmes for engineers returning to work after having children, and working with schools to help overcome outdated perceptions about careers in engineering."

Notes to editors

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. Established in 1818, it has 91,000 members, 25% of whom are based overseas. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy.