A new survey suggests women could be persuaded to take jobs in the engineering sector. 28/10/2011
Although almost a quarter of female undergraduate students have said they wouldn’t consider a career in manufacturing or engineering, 41% said they could be persuaded to take up a career in the industry if they had the right degree.
The survey was carried out by the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE), who are aiming to change the profession where currently only 10% of women make up the workforce.
While a minimal 12% of women are actually considering taking up a manufacturing or engineering role, the survey found that 26% of women are studying a degree relevant to the career and are willing to enter these jobs.
The report also suggested that if women are given clear cut messages about the nature of jobs available in this sector they are even more likely to consider working in this industry. The three messages being that they can earn a higher salary, they can help save the planet and the idea that the industry is dominated by males is a myth.
CIHE have also launched a new campaign called Talent 2030 which is focused on working with businesses and universities to attract and champion the talent pipeline of 2030 for manufacturing and engineering.
People born this year will be university candidates in 2030. This demographic will be targeted to ensure the future of the industry and that the UK remains internationally competitive.
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