Engineering exhibitions aim to attract women to sector

Two
exhibitions are being held over the coming weeks aimed at increasing the number
of women working in the engineering sector.

The
National Engineering Recruitment Exhibitions have been organised in response to
the shortage of female engineers, and are backed by Samantha Hubbard, who won
the 2001 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award.

"I
am honoured to join forces with NER in calling all women interested in
engineering to come and enjoy the rare opportunity to meet potential employers
face to face and find out what each individual company has to offer," she
said.

In
the UK engineering sector only around 12 per cent of the workforce are female
and the conference organisers feel that is largely due to a poor image and
stereotyping.

NER
will showcase a diverse range of careers from graduate training positions to
jobs for highly qualified and experienced candidates.

The
exhibitions will be held at Wembley on 19 and 20 October; and at Birmingham NEC
on 23 and 24 November.

By Ross Wigham

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