The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) will again sponsor International Women in Engineering Day (INWED 2018) on 23 June. This is the third time that the IOR has sponsored the event, reaffirming its commitment to promoting diversity in RACHP and the engineering sector as a whole.
IOR President Steve Gill said: “The Institute of Refrigeration is proud to continue its support and sponsorship of International Women in Engineering Day. It is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and serves to encourage more young people and women to consider careers in engineering, or to return to it. The IOR is working to raise the profile of women engineers working within the RACHP industry by recognising the positive impact they make, and by actively promoting gender diversity and inclusivity.”
With women only representing 11% of the workforce in the engineering sector, the UK has the lowest percentage of women engineers in Europe, according to the Women's Engineering Society Statistics document updated in January 2018. The also note that this is in spite of the industry is suffering from a chronic staff shortage – in 2017, the annual shortfall of the right engineering skills was estimated at between 25,500 (level 3) and up to 60,000 (over level 4 skills). It has been suggested that to cover this shortage the UK will need to at least double the number of university engineering students, which means that attracting underrepresented groups such as women is essential to maintain the sector’s sustainability.
Additional information about the range of events being held to mark International Women in Engineering Day is available here.