Today is International Women in Engineering Day.
INWED is an international awareness campaign which raises the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls within the industry.
In recognition of this, our Managing Partner | Southern Region, Nick Hutchinson caught up with Nicole Neal, General Manager, Victoria at Tonkin + Taylor for a "socially distanced coffee" to discuss the importance of championing and supporting women within the engineering space and the need to challenge and call out unconscious biases and stereotypes within the industry.
A few key highlights:
- Getting girls interested in engineering from a young age is crucial to encouraging women to choose a career in the industry. Nicole believes that continued efforts need to be applied to STEM with this focus beginning at primary school with a ‘multi layered approach and balanced candidate list’ across the consulting engineering and design, contracting, construction and Government sectors.
- Women should feel confident and comfortable in sharing their feelings. Despite engineering still being mainly male dominated, one of the benefits of having women in engineering roles is that they challenge the unconscious bias that is still evident today.
- Having role models from an early age. These are vital for choosing a career in the engineering industry and something Nicole strongly believes in.
About the Women’s Engineering Society
The Women’s Engineering Society is a charity born in 1919 at the end of the First World War, when the women who had worked in technical jobs during the war wanted to continue with this work and found it a difficult path. Click here for more information.
Today WES is a membership organisation which has the following three objectives:
- Women: Support women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and leaders and to reward excellence.
- Education: Encourage and promote the education, study and application of engineering.
- Sustainability: Work with organisations and influencers to promote gender diversity and equality in the workplace and sustain the historic legacy and future effectiveness of the Women’s Engineering Society.