What can the government, industries and universities do to improve the female uptake of engineering?
Since 2012, the National Centre for Universities and Business’ Talent 2030 project has been measuring the number of females studying physics at GCSE and A level.
“Less than 8% of UK engineers are women. If we don’t work together to increase that number, the UK’s potential to lead the world in manufacturing and engineering is weakened.” - Jill Shedden, Group Director of HR at Centrica
To try and encourage more females to take GCSE and A level physics, and ultimately a career in engineering and manufacturing, the National Centre is running the Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls.
In this competition, students are tasked with solving a twenty-first century problem. Working either individually or in groups of up to six, there are three different age categories: 11-14 (Years 7-9), 15-16 (Years 10-11) and 17-18 (Years 12-13).
All finalists will be invited to exhibit their entries at the Big Bang Fair. The competition winner will be awarded £1,000 (£500 for themselves, £500 for their school), a female engineer mentor and student membership to the Women’s Engineering Society.
Entries are open until 18:00 on 16 December 2016.