Benefits of Joining WES

Individuals can join WES as a full or an associate member, the benefits of both membership options are:

Supporting WES in its campaign for gender diversity in engineering, IT and allied sciences. 

Support for members

  • Access to a network of senior and experienced women engineers via the WES office (info@wes.org.uk)
  • Obtain career help and guidance through our successful mentoring service MentorSET, or become a mentor
  • Apply for one of our Awards
  • Gain useful management experience by serving on our Council
  • Build practical skills by getting involved in our activities (become a cluster co-ordinator, web management, fund-raising, organising events and awards)

Be informed

  •  Keep track of issues relevant to women's engineering, events and news through our quarterly journal The Woman Engineer 
  • Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to keep you in touch with events and news (also available to non-members)
  • www.wes.org.uk provides a wealth of information about WES and careers in engineering, as well as events and jobs
  • Social Media - links at the bottom of every page
  • Link with your local cluster co-ordinator to find out what is going on in your local area

Get connected

  • Meet like-minded people at our events (members get discounted rates to our annual conference) and enjoy working to build a stronger profession
  • Build your profile at events and network into your next job
  • Use our social networking sites to connect to other members online (see the links at the bottom of every page)
  • Through our partnership with IET, register for IET events at members' discount rates, and use the facilities at Savoy Place London (including the lounge, business centre and meeting rooms), under the same terms and conditions offered to IET members (contact the office for further details)
  • Be part of a network of women engineers, join your local cluster group to meet other engineers in your area and hear about local events
  • Attend or organise an event for National Women in Engineering Day

Inspire the next generation of engineers

  •  Become a role model and spokesperson for young women
  • Organise or take part in outreach events to inspire the next generation of young people and students
  • Feel confident that your membership subscription is being positively used to grow, encourage and inspire the number of women in engineering
  • Deliver our Outreach project to schools: Magnificent Women
  • Organise an event for National Women in Engineering Day

Why in the 21st century with current equality legislation, is it necessary to have an organisation promoting the interests of women engineers? Traditional professional institutions, often with few women members, don't have the expertise to champion our cause or run networks for women. So they work with WES.

What members think about WES

"I joined WES for mutual support with other women engineers and to share learning processes. I am particularly keen to encourage young female engineers" Christine Sams, BP subsea engineer.

"I believe that the number of unfilled vacancies within the engineering industry can be filled by woman. Joining WES has given me a greater understanding of the challenges facing women " Noel Johnson, Learning Centre Manager, Hull City Council.

"I have found through my WES membership that there are others who have the same challenges that I do, and that women can achieve highly in engineering." Jemma Newman, clinical engineer.

"The WES conference was absolutely brilliant. I have never attended a conference like this one before. I was engaged right from the start. I cannot even begin to explain how fortunate I was to meet so many women in engineering and listen to their experiences." Sonia Gurjao, WES conference attendee.

What does WES do?

  • Supports its members, professionals and members of the public with advice and guidance on women in STEM issues
  • Works in partnership with industry and other professional engineering institutions to provide services to promote gender diversity
  • Encourages girls to pursue careers in engineering through our volunteer programme of advice, school visits, events and exhibitions
  • A voice for women to ensure that government and industry tackle the skills gap through gender inclusion
  • Annual members and student conference, lively journal (The Woman Engineer), cluster groups, circles and and the website
  • Student Programme connecting student groups in higher education
  • Networking and professional development through regional activities and on-line services, site visits, profile speakers and training in leadership and personal brand development
  • Mentoring and Support through the WES MentorSET scheme for students and practising scientists and engineers
  • Specific projects to deliver gender diversity to schools, industry and educational establishments