Ricardo Rail is proud to lend its support to International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) - Saturday 23rd June 2018.
INWED originates from a campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and technology and encourage girls and young women to explore career opportunities in engineering.
Initially launched in the UK in June 2014, it has grown significantly in subsequent years and broadened into a global campaign that, in 2017, introduced the inaugural International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).
Last year the occasion was marked by 150 separate events held across Europe and in countries such as Brazil, Mauritius and Uganda. Social media activity was estimated to have reached over 1.2 million people across the world.
What it means to me by Sona Hirani, Consultant, Ricardo Rail
"Over the last 10 years I have seen the number of women engineers in my various work places increase. However, there is still a lack of gender balance to the ideal 50/50."
"INWED not only raises awareness but the organisation Women’s Engineering Society (WES), advocating this day provides a great network to encourage, inspire and support engineers. I believe the showcasing of such event will lead to the much-needed change in across industry."
How my company are advocating it?
"I have found Ricardo Rail to be proactive in working towards a more gender balanced engineering workforce. We have hired six female senior engineers across our UK rail team in recent months and, like all staff across the business, they will have the opportunity to apply for a number of MSc degrees that the business is sponsoring - the same way they sponsored my own recent MSc at Birmingham University.
"We have also been an active supporter of various initiatives and campaigns to promote women in the engineering workplace. We have been actively involved with the Women in Rail networking group, which champions women's involvement in our sector directly. Whilst at the corporate level, Ricardo is a member of the 30% Club showing an organisation-wide commitment to gender balance throughout the Ricardo group."
For more information about International Women in Engineering Day visit: http://www.inwed.org.uk