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IET wants more women engineers

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has committed itself to working on increasing the participation of women in the science, engineering and technology sectors.

IET has signed up to the Chief Executive Officer charter established by the UK Resource Centre to encourage women to consider working in the three fields and promote best practice in gender equality and diversity.

In the UK more than 500,000 women are qualified to work in engineering, science and technology, but despite severe skills shortages less than a third work in these sectors.

Since its launch in March 2007, more than 40 companies have signed up to the CEO charter.
IET chief executive, Robin McGill is enthusiastic and keen to get involved in the charter. He said,
“The IET is committed to raising the profile of engineering and encouraging more young people, including women, to consider a wider participation within the profession.

'In particular, we hope that the CEO charter will help to address the shortage of female role models within engineering, especially in light of the current skills shortages within the industry.”