Female engineers take SEMTA by storm

SEMTA has announced that it will have 8 female engineers in the final of its World Skills event in Birmingham next month.

SEMTA, which represents more than 148,000 companies, runs the competition and says that 44% of female applicants have made the final. All finalists have risen to the challenge having completed the required tasks in the regional heats and are now battling to be the nation’s best.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, said: “This is a major milestone and testament to the work that we are doing to encourage females to enter both the sector and competitions – but it only goes to underline the scale of the problem.”

“There is still much work in terms of re-educating parents, teachers and careers advisers. However, this does show that female engineers who enter the industry can compete at a very elite level.

“The only barriers in the way of creating more women engineers are ignorance, misinformation and outmoded gender stereotypes. In order to close the skills gap – it is an absolute necessity for huge numbers of women to pursue a career in the sector. Why should the majority of women miss out on an extremely exciting, rewarding career? Why should the nation not benefit from utilising their true potential?”

The winners of the national finals in November will be considered for selection to Team UK – with the chance to represent their country at WorldSkills International in Kazan, Russia in 2019.