CIHT celebrate women in engineering and the transportation sector

June 23 2015  

CIHT celebrate women in engineering and the transportation sector
The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) is supporting National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) today (23 June) and encouraging more women to take up careers in highways and transportation.

The aim of the day is to celebrate the work that women do in engineering, and to showcase the great careers that are available for women in the engineering sector.

The Institution has collected some case studies of female CIHT members working within the engineering and transportation industries at different stages in their careers. You can read about why they first became interested in their field and how they have developed their careers.

CIHT Chief Executive, Sue Percy, said, “As an inclusive Institution that is committed to valuing and respecting the diversity of individuals we are very pleased to support this great initiative. We encourage and support people of all ages and backgrounds to join both CIHT and the engineering profession.”

Dana Skelley, Director of Asset Management for surface Transport at Transport for London and CIHT Fellow, said: “Female engineers have been working to keep London moving for over 100 years and it is vital that we continue to encourage more women into the industry to help bridge the gap. This not only makes business sense, but brings economic benefits and introduces new skills into the vibrant UK construction industry.”

Analysis of those working across professional engineering shows that women make up 51% of the UK population but only 8% of the engineering workforce. As regards ethnicity, while 20% of UK resident graduate engineers are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, they represent only 6% of the engineering workforce. These figures indicate the potential to address the skills gap of the UK’s industrial sector, which is expected to need 1.28 million science, engineering and technology professionals and technicians by 2020.

CIHT is working with the Royal Academy on a project that is looking at ‘Routes to Diversity and Inclusion’. This project aims to produce a good practice toolkit that will show how improvements can be made across the sector and beyond. The project will report later this year.

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Read the CIHT case studies here: http://www.ciht.org.uk/womeninengineering

Statistics from the Engineering Diversity Concordat: http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2013/September/engineering-diversity-concordat#sthash.LfPNTYAS.dpuf

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation is a membership organisation representing over 13,000 people who work in the highways and transportation sector.

CIHT members plan, design, build, operate and maintain best-in-class transport systems and infrastructure, whilst respecting the imperatives of improving safety, ensuring economic competitiveness and minimising environmental impact.

CIHT supports its member's professional endeavours by:
• offering training, information, professional development and support
• promoting the value added to society by the profession
• being the focused voice to Governments and other decision makers on transportation expertise and knowledge.

For more information please contact:

Daniel Isichei, Director of Communications
e: daniel.isichei@ciht.org.uk
t: +44(0)20 7336 1567
m: 07912 122573

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