Keighley CollegeKeighley College is to hold a Women in Engineering event to promote routes in to the sector.
The event, which is part of a wider project, in line with the Government’s long-term plan to encourage high levels of skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to women, is scheduled for 26 April 2018 and will take place at engineering company, GESIPA in Keighley.
According to national statistics, women now make up a quarter of those gaining a postgraduate research degree in engineering at UK universities, showing that campaigns for more gender balance in the subject could be working.
Heather Whitehead at Keighley College, said: “Traditionally a male-dominated industry, the engineering sector, with the help of FE and HE institutes is doing its best to address the gender imbalance.”
“Supported by an inimitable partnership of government, charity organisations and employers, we are committed to raising young women’s engagement and achievement in STEM subjects and careers”
“STEM fields are at the core of the UK’s innovation. All students - especially women should be made aware of the options that are available and fully included in the equation,” Heather Whitehead added.
The prospective engineering students will be given a tour of GESIPA’s factory and will participate in numerous activities throughout the afternoon. There will also be a question and answer segment that will give both potential students and employers a chance to ask and answer questions related to their fields of interest.
Chief Executive of Bradford Council, Kersten England said: “We want to make sure that all the district’s young people have access to a wide range of high standard qualifications that can help them progress into employment and further and higher education.  This event is a great way of offering women learning pathways and good apprenticeship opportunities in engineering where they have been underrepresented in the past.”

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