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International Women in Engineering Day

23 June 2020

Today marks International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2020 and calls for greater diversity in a traditionally male-dominated sector.

This message has been supported by numerous organisations and initiatives within the UK, with statistics showing that women continue to occupy a small percentage of engineering roles.

Although higher percentages of women can be seen in several of the sectors within the FM industry, these are often seen to be lower on the hard services side.

INWED20 seeks to encourage more companies to recruit female engineers in a drive to redress the imbalance.

This year's initiative has gained the support of engineering providers including the adi Group.

Chief executive officer and founder Alan Lusty said the sector needs to make a greater commitment to attracting female engineers and addressing the current male/female workforce will make it more sustainable.

"Gender inequality is one of the most pressing issues in engineering," he said.

"Whether it is the result of myths and preconceptions about the job or simply a lack of knowledge on how to pursue a career in the industry, we must do more to inspire the next generation of female engineers."

He further emphasised the need for the removal of sexist attitudes within engineering.

"There is absolutely no reason why a woman shouldn't be an engineer and every reason that she can do just a good a job as a man.

"No one in this day and age should experience any kind of discrimination in the workplace," said Mr Lusty.

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