Thames Water event gets engineering enthusiasm flowing
A pilot programme run by Thames Water to get more girls interested in engineering careers has been launched at Blackfen School for Girls.
In the UK just under 10% of engineering professionals are women, the lowest proportion in Europe, and research has shown that girls rule themselves out of a career in engineering by the age of just 14.
The event, introduced by Theresa Pearce MP, began with a talk from Thames Water engineer Kate Organ to pupils from Blackfen Townley Grammar School, Plumstead Manor School and St Catherine’s School for Girls. The four schools then competed in an engineering challenge to channel water around a town.
Theresa Pearce MP says: “I am pleased so many local schools are participating in the ‘Get Girls into Engineering Programme.’ I think that this is an excellent initiative pioneered by Thames Water, and it will hopefully invest young girls with the confidence they need to pursue careers in a traditionally male-dominated field.
“Women have long been underrepresented in the engineering sector. This is not due to ability or talent, but because they are made to feel it is not a realistic aspiration due to their gender."