Engineering can no longer afford to remain a sector in which women who join the profession are expected to change their personality in order to 'fit in' - Peter Finegold, Head of Education and Skills, Policy Research
With women accounting for only 9% of the engineering workforce, the UK needs to recruit more female engineers. However, it also needs to hold on to those it already has. To achieve this employers and universities must make the working environment and culture more conducive and comfortable for women, so that there is less of a need to support female engineers to adapt and cope with an unaccommodating environment
Within a few years of gaining an engineering degree, just under half of UK female engineering graduates will have left the profession. By contrast, at the same stage, two-thirds of male engineers remain in the sector.
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