Female engineer award open for entry

10 September 2008

Female engineers are to be honoured in the industry’s answer to the X Factor. The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year award aims to find the most talented engineers in the UK.

Robin McGill, chief executive of the IET, said: ‘The IET’s recently published skills survey shows that just six per cent of the overall engineering and technology workforce are women. Engineering needs a new image, and we need to demonstrate that there are exciting and rewarding careers in engineering for women as well as men. Engineering affects everyone everywhere in the world and we must ensure it is seen as an attractive career choice.’

Alice Delahunty, a 27-year-old engineer with power company E-ON, was overall winner of the award in 2007. She said: ‘Awards like this are vital for promoting engineering as a career to young people, and in particular to girls who might not have considered it. I really enjoy my job and was delighted to be given the opportunity to share that with potential engineers of the future.’

The winner of the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award will receive £1,000, a trophy and a chance to be an ambassador for engineering worldwide. In addition, the Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices will be presented to an outstanding female engineering apprentice who has made a contribution within the workplace beyond the realms of her normal duties and demonstrated dynamism in her approach to the solution of engineering problems.

The closing date for all entries is October 31, 2008. The awards will be announced at a ceremony in London in February 2009.

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