Sweco celebrates International Women in Engineering Day, 23 June 2017
Here at Sweco, we have decided to extend this one day event to a week-long celebration, highlighting several women from across our business and the amazing contribution they are making to Sweco and to the industry. These women represent all areas of the business and their roles reflect the wide spectrum of responsibilities in the business from engineers, environmentalists, and project managers to directors and graduates. Coupled with their professional responsibilities, these women are also an inspiration outside of work – be it through their volunteer and mentoring activities, their sporting accomplishments or as busy mums juggling the pressures of work and family life.
We hope that by sharing these stories it will encourage the younger generation to pursue a career in engineering – be it as an engineer or in a support role in an engineering consultancy.
According to statistics revealed by WISE only 9% of the engineers currently employed in the UK are women. When compared to other countries, this number is staggeringly low. For example, some eastern European countries have around 20% women in STEM, compared with France and Spain (17% each), Denmark (16%), Germany (15%), and Finland (15%). Here at Sweco, the percentage of female engineers is above the average at 18.4%, but there is still a lot to be done.
Sweco is working with various organisations including STEMNET in inspiring the next generation of engineers – male and female – as it recognises the benefits of a diverse workforce. As a business, Sweco offers flexible working and benefits, but there is still more to be done if we want to promote Sweco as an attractive employer for women. This is a key priority for our business and we are learning from our Sweco colleagues in several of the Nordic countries where the ratio between male and female - especially at director level - is much more balanced.
Thank you to all of the inspiring women who contributed to our PDF, Celebrating our Sweco Women #INWED17 which can be viewed here.
To find out more about careers at Sweco UK, click here.