According to recent statistics, women make up only 24% of people working in STEM industries. "A report by Microsoft found that more than 50% of females aged 11-30 said they were interested in working in the Stem sector. But, as the saying goes, if you can’t see it, you can’t be it. The study of 11,500 girls and women across 12 countries discovered that girls were much more likely to consider a career in Stem if they had a visible role model" (Guardian, 23/6/20).
The Raymont-Osman Junior Division (complete with baked beans on face!) has been busy this weekend producing a 'flying bunny unicorn'. Already competent with a screwdriver and a spanner, Evelyn has been using a range of bolts and axels to create her mechanical masterpiece!
Since its introduction 2 years ago, the Raymont-Osman Design and Development Prize, in conjunction with the University of Birmingham, has been won by women in both 2019/2020 and 2020/2021. Awarded for outstanding final year projects, Raymont-Osman is thrilled to be playing its part in encouraging and rewarding excellence in what continues to be a male-dominated sector.
Without a doubt, Engineering is an exciting and rewarding sector to work in. “In a 2017 survey of 7,000 UK engineers by the Royal Academy of Engineering, over 80% of women who responded said that they would recommend it as a great career to their friends and family”(Guardian, 23/6/20).
Engineering can begin at any age and it is our job, as ambassadors for the industry, to shout about its virtues so that others will join us!