At DTA we pride ourselves on our support of various Women in Engineering campaigns in the UK. Our intake of female engineering apprentices are well above the national average and with the help of the engineering companies we work with, we will ensure this figure keep rising.
Women in Engineering Apprenticeships account for 3% of the total of Engineering Apprenticeships started despite more women starting Apprenticeships than men. The UK needs 2 million more engineers by 2020 to fill the skills gaps in the sector. The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe at 9% while Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead statistics with 30%.
To tackle the skills shortage, the UK needs to engage a greater proportion of females, especially those at GCSE and A-Level age, and show them the opportunities there are within engineering and educate them on the different careers that are available.
Figures taken from The Wise Campaign (www.wisecampaign.org.uk) show that:
- More girls than boys took GCSE Biology, Maths and Additional Science as a GCSE option
- Engineering remains a predominantly male subject but the number of girls sitting GCSE engineering rose by 24% compared to 2015
- 34% of females do STEM subjects at A-Level compared to 80% of males. Only 7% of females progress onto a STEM subject at Higher Education compared to 24% of males
- Although 55% of those who completed an apprenticeship last year were female, women made up only 5.5% of those who completed a STEM Apprenticeship.
- 290 females completed an Engineering Apprenticeship compared to 9,390 men. These percentages have hardly changed in the last 5 years.
- 21% of those working in core STEM occupations in 2016 are women. This is 13,000 more than last year but there are 218,000
- more men in core STEM resulting in a 1% drop in the percentage of women.
Despite the above figures, DTA are proud that 10% of the apprentices that train with us are female, well above the national average of 3% and we are pleased local employers are seeing the benefits in investing in females choosing engineering. DTA and our employers work hard to improve these statistics in North Yorkshire.
I started my Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2010 after completing A-Levels in non-engineering subjects. Through my Apprenticeship I gained a variety of skills and electrical knowledge and also increased my confidence. Following on from winning DTA’s 2011 Apprentice of the Year with the support of Dales and DTA, I have been priviledged to have won the National Apprenticeship Services’ Regional Higher Apprentice of the Year for Yorkshire and Humber in 2013, 2014 and 2016. I was also honoured to win DTA’s Higher Apprentice of the Year in 2015. I then completed my Foundation Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Hull University. Fast forward 6 years and I am a full time Electrical Design Engineer at Dale Power Solutions.
DTA follows the inspiring work of groups like the Women in Engineering Society (wes.org.uk), The Wise Campaign (thewisecampaign.org.uk) and Stemettes (stemettes.org) who encourage more women to think about careers in engineering.
Women in Engineering Day takes place annually on 23rd June. The aim of these groups is to inspire the support of girls and women to achieve their potential as engineers to ensure we can meet the demand for skilled workers in the UK.