Only 3% of engineering apprentices in Scotland are female, says new report

Published: 11 Jul 2018 By Grace Kimberley

Women in engineering

Engineering UK has released new data on apprentices working in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) field, revealing only 3% of apprentices in Scotland are female.

This was compared with only an 11% female representation in Northern Ireland, 9% in Wales and 8% in England.

The trade association believes these “shocking” figures are widely due to aspiring female professionals abandoning their apprenticeships, which the body blames identity issues and lack of ability belief for.

The report also unveiled new information around the various engineering skillsets, citing 30% of graduates in chemical, process and energy engineering are women, which is significantly higher than in other sectors such as aerospace, civil and electronic engineering.

Engineering UK regards the document as “compelling evidence” that gender stereotypes are having a drastic impact on young girls’ career choices.

Engineering UK CEO, Mark Titterington, says: “The gender imbalance in engineering means we are missing out on great talent which, given the shortfalls that our latest research highlights, it can ill afford to do.

“Equally, women are also generally missing out on really exciting and impactful careers in engineering and contributing solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges.

“This needs to change and for that to happen we need to do more to show girls, at the earliest age possible, what modern engineering is all about and how they can follow what they love through these kinds of careers.”

 

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