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Women form 23% of students in UK engineering & manufacturing disciplines (including civil engineering). Including Science & Technology brings the figure up to 32%.
Our gracious hosts, Vision Engineering, are a fairly typical, high tech, UK owned global manufacturing company, of 220 staff. Women form 31% of the total global workforce… and 42% of the Board of Directors… Reasonable, you might think?
If we drill down into the specialisations, the picture is less rosy:
0% of their machinists worldwide are female
0% of their designers worldwide are female
3% of their technical sales worldwide staff are female
57% of their assembly staff worldwide are female
73% of their marketing staff worldwide are female
100% of their finance, payroll and HR staff worldwide are female
Despite best efforts to avoid gender exclusive recruiting, the same proportions prevail in the Company’s operations in the UK, USA, Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, India.
Despite best efforts, job seeking candidates conform to the same proportions as existing staff.
The situation has become self-perpetuating.
Generally in Surrey, the headline rate of unemployment is 3%. In the technical sector, it is closer to neutral... it is a technical job seekers’ market. The practical effect is that companies much like Vision Engineering are missing out on a substantial number of potentially capable recruits.
So, what can we do?
Surrey Chambers are delighted to be working in collaboration with Vision Engineering to bring you an event that will discuss the barriers and opportunities to recruiting and retaining women in both the Tech and Engineering industries.
Inge is sought-after expert in diversity and specifically gender difference and designs and runs training and organisational change programmes helping organisations leverage their diverse and female talent. She is the author of ‘Be Gender Smart – The Key to Career Success for Women’.
Before starting her own business, Inge has held change management, consultancy and teaching roles in international business including Ashridge Business School, Chatham House, Shell and Siemens. She is a qualified MBTI facilitator, Associate at the CIPD and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and a member of WES (Women Engineers Society) Royal Academy of Engineering, signatory of the TechTalentCharter and mentor at the Professional Women’s Network.
Speaker - Technology Professional:
Michael is the Managing Director and founder of Timeless IMS, who helps businesses and senior business professionals embrace managed technology solutions.
Before starting Timeless, Michael spent 10 years working in large international organisations within the technology space. Michael’s passion is all about helping people, teams and organisations embrace where they are, where they wants to be and then helping them get there. In this session, Michael will be speaking from an employer perspective, talking through why he finds it difficult to employ female technicians in the technology space.
This event is held in collaboration with
Vision Engineering Ltd,
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