Teresa Schofield, regional leader of Global Marathon Europe, has recently suggested that the gender balance needs to improve in the technology and engineering sectors.
Attitudes toward these sectors, she said, and those held by people working within them must change in order to ensure greater diversity within the workforce. She claimed that too many women move into public sector employment, rather than private, often because of the poor image of manufacturing firms and the work opportunities they offer. Even female professionals with technology and engineering degrees often look elsewhere for employment, Ms Schofield suggested.
“The gender balance has to improve if we don’t want every technically qualified innovator or captain of industry to be male,” she stated. “Do we really believe that women have nothing to contribute and men have all the answers?”
Sandra Norman, Manager of Kelburn Engineering & Technical, commented:
During the course of a year the Kelburn team screens over 25,000 Engineering & Technical applicants. Sadly less than 2% are currently from women, supporting the views of Teresa Schofield and reflecting the perceptions and culture prevalent. On a more positive note, we are now seeing an increased number of female apprentices within the sector, although it will clearly take some time before a more balanced workforce is achieved.