Working with Arup, Women and Manual Trades, the Association of Women in Property and WISE, WES is leading the development of an inspiring campaign to inspire young women to achieve their potential as engineers, scientists and technical experts across all sectors. The partnership has the common aim of a fresh approach to the promoting and supporting of women in engineering, manufacturing and the built environment.
Here more on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour from WES members Jan Peters and Philippa Ayton
The project is inspired by hidden stories of women's contribution to shaping our society such as is uncovered in the Ladies Bridge story.
The three objectives are
- celebrating women’s contribution to engineering, technology and the built environment
- working safely, staying healthy
- revealing opportunities and rewards for women in areas of STEM and the built environment
Phase 1 a survey gathered evidence over 5 months from nearly 600 women and men. The results summary can be downloaded in pdf format. The result is a partnership with Dunlop Safety to design, develop and make available a new range of boots for technical women: Purple Boots.
Phase 2 development of collaborations and a wider campaign. Get in touch to be involved!
Phase 3 is about sustainability, supply of 'fit for purpose' women's PPE, revenue generation and regional events connecting technical women and to fund activities and generate excitement within schools, colleges and universities about working in non-traditional areas. WES is delighted to be working collaboratively on this initiative.
Women and Manual Trades (WAMT) is a national membership organisation for women training and working in non-traditional manual occupations. www.wamt.org
Women in Property is a national organisation which was founded in 1987. With over 1,400 members and 12 regional branches it represents all disciplines within the property and construction industry and provides a forum for business opportunities, the exchanging of views, networking and personal development. www.wipnet.org
The WISE Campaign encourages young women to stick with studying Maths and Physics and to consider careers in Science, Engineering and The Built Environment. www.wisecampaign.org.uk