A campaign to attract more women to train as engineers was launched at Westminster last week.
An NICEIC initiative, the launch took place at a parliamentary reception hosted by Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central.
Ms Onwurah was particularly suited to the task, having previously qualified as an electrical engineer.
She pledged her support for the Jobs for the Girls campaign: “Just 1% of electro technical apprenticeship starts are women, despite half of all apprenticeships overall and half of our workforce being taken up by women.
“I would like to thank NICEIC for launching this campaign and bringing it to the attention of those in Westminster.
“In supporting Jobs for the Girls, I will be pressing the minister and government more widely as to what they have been doing and what they can do further to encourage more women into trades apprenticeships and into engineering and other courses where they are underrepresented.”
Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Statford-on-Avon, also spoke at the launch, expressing the need to address gender imbalance within the construction industry.
Further support for the campaign was expressed by Baroness Wilcox, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Peter Bottomley MP, Lord Cotter, Gordon Marsden MP, Meg Munn MP, Mary Glindon MP, Julian Huppert MP and Ian Lucas MP.
“NICEIC will continue to promote Jobs for the Girls and look to gather further support from other organisations in the construction industry to take it even further,” said Emma McCarthy, NICEIC chief executive officer.