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IOR extends International Women in Engineering Day sponsorship

Organisation will provide event sponsorship for third time as a means to highlight importance to industry of expanding the number of female engineers working in RACHP

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) will be sponsoring the International Women in Engineering Day 2018 (INWED 2018) as it seeks to tackle concerns about the under-representation of females working across the RACHP sector at a time of “chronic” skills shortages.

This will be the third time that the IOR has served as a sponsor of INWED, a decision the organisation said reflected the importance of promoting diversity in RACHP and the broader engineering sector.

The IOR cited recently updated statistics from the Womens Engineering Society (WES) that suggests females represent 11 per cent of the engineering sector workforce in the UK. This was the lowest percentage in Europe, according to the statistics.

Publication of the updated figures was presented along with statistics highlighting some significant shortfalls in required engineering skills.

In 2017, the WES said that 25,500 level three and over 60,000 level 4 skills positions were unfilled.

The IOR said, “It has been suggested that to cover this shortage the UK will need to at least double the number of university engineering students, which means that attracting underrepresented groups such as women is essential to maintain the sector’s sustainability.”

IOR president Stephen Gill said the organisation was proud to continue its sponsorship of INWED considering these challenges.

He said, “. It is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and serves to encourage more young people and women to consider careers in engineering, or to return to it.”

“The IOR is working to raise the profile of women engineers working within the RACHP industry by recognising the positive impact they make, and by actively promoting gender diversity and inclusivity.”

The institute pointed to the formation of a ‘Women in RACHP’ networking group as part of this work. The group is intended to support young professionals to enter the engineering sector by bringing together them together with experts.

An event is scheduled for March 14 that will focus on career opportunities in the fields of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps.

More information is available here.

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