August 2016


Skills shortages have been a recurring theme in all my meetings this month. Whether it be in the rail industry, construction or technology – employers cannot find the talent they need. The problem risks getting worse in the wake of Brexit.
This makes it all the more urgent that we work together to show girls and their families the great opportunities open to them if they obtain qualifications in science and maths. Exam results later this month will tell us whether more girls are choosing these subjects at GCSE and A-level. As we prepare for a new academic year, make it a priority to improve links between education and industry to give students a better sense of where the future jobs will be. WISE members include colleges, universities, professional bodies, trade unions and companies – over the coming year we will facilitate stronger connections between you. Book your ticket to the WISE Conference on 10 November to find out more.
 
Welcome also to our new corporate members Stonehouse Search and Selection and all our new individual members. 
 
Helen Wollaston,
Chief Executive 
Hear from WISE members
Helen Wollaston recently attended an event to celebrate the graduation of the first BBC Design & Engineering Apprentices as they were awarded a BEng at the end of their three-year course. Of the 24 people who enrolled in this first cohort in 2013, 12% were female. The scheme has seen this increase to 27% across 66 people for the 2016 cohort.
Angie Jones, Vice President and Director of Projects from Amec Foster Wheeler’s Knoxville, TN office, has been appointed to lead the MOMENTUM joint venture, which will play a vital role in a project to build the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor at Cadarache in France. The 10-year contract is expected to be worth €174m and there is an option for a three-year extension.
Emma Gibbs
​“There is a whole world out there I knew nothing about” â€“ Emma Gibbs, Partner at McKinsey & Company talks about her career journey, and the role WISE played in introducing her to engineering. Read more
News, Events and Resources
WISE conference partner
We are pleased to announce that Network Rail, will be partnering our 2016 conference. Commenting on the partnership, Network Rail said: “We are serious about encouraging more women into interesting and rewarding careers in engineering and would like to think that Network Rail is adopting best practice in our approach. This is why we are delighted to work with WISE”.
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Remove bias
WISE recruitment workshop
"Representatives from WISE delivered a thought-provoking session ...the advice given was practical and relevant and will help us shape a more inclusive approach from candidate attraction through to appointment." - Maxine Wheldon, HR Director, Balfour Beatty Major Projects.

To book this three-hour workshop for your company, contact Suzy Firkin.
Brexit
Science and Technology Select Committee
WISE will be putting together a submission to the Science and Technology Select Committee focusing specifically on the impact on women in the UK’s STEM workforce, and we would welcome any comments, suggestions or copies of other evidence submitted to inform our document. We ask that all comments be submitted to Alexia Pipe by 4pm on Thursday 18th August. For more information, please see the Inquiry website.
Ten Steps
14th September 2016
Our next Ten Steps Event will be a Measuring Progress Event for both new and established signatory companies. The event will be hosted by Ernst & Young at their London Bridge offices. Contact Suzy Firkin for details and to book your place.
 
Airbus reaffirm commitment
This year at Farnborough International Airshow, Paul Kahn (President of Airbus Group in the UK) and Thierry Baril (Chief HR Officer, Airbus Group and Airbus) re-signed the WISE Ten Steps agreement on behalf of Airbus Group. This reaffirms their commitment to ensure that women in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing have the same opportunities to progress in their career as their male counterparts. See who else is signed up to Ten Steps here.
Image credit: Photolib.
Apprenticeship survey results
IAC survey results infographic
The Industry Apprentice Council has recently launched its third annual report, which for the first time includes a Five Point Plan to boost the status and quality of industry apprenticeships. Half the respondents found their apprenticeship though their own initiative and only 15% through a teacher or adviser. WISE is looking for sponsors for a toolkit to advise employers wanting to recruit women onto STEM apprenticeships, contact Mhairi Crawford for details.
Congratulations
Congratulations to Squadron Leader Gemma Lonsdale IEng MIET who has won the 2016 Baroness Platt of Writtle Award for her outstanding work as an engineer officer in the Royal Air Force. Baroness Beryl Platt founded the WISE campaign in 1984.
WISE Awards
Thank you to all who sent in nominations for the 2016 WISE Awards. We had a fantastic 270 nominations, with our new category WISE Man of the Year the third most popular category after Rising Star and Woman of the Year. The longlist is now with the judges and we will be announcing who has made the shortlist at the end of this month. We are also very pleased to announce that Sky News presenter Anna Jones will be compering the award ceremony.
The stories that data reveals
Hosted at WISE member Aimia’s central London offices, representatives from 15 organisations came together at our July Knowledge Sharing Event, Data Driven-Measuring Impact. Attendees left with new ideas on how to dig deep into their organisations for evidence based data to help design appropriate initiatives. You can find key tips and observations from this Knowledge Sharing Event, the report from our Men of Action event, survey results from our personal protective equipment activity and information for all previous WISE events on our website. Presentations are available in the members area
People Like Me
Leeds City Council has approached WISE to run a People Like Me session for girls in South Leeds next term. Cllr Neil Dawson, (Leeds City Council), who works for Northern Power Grid, will host the event which will target secondary school age girls and their families from across Leeds, giving them a chance to meet role models working in engineering and to register interest in follow up site visits, work experience, trainee, apprenticeship and graduate programmes. The event is planned for October. Please contact WISE office if you would like to be involved.
Opportunities in energy
Helen Wollaston and WISE young women’s board member Emma Thomas recently attended a roundtable discussion co-chaired by United States Deputy Secretary of Energy, Dr Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. In the discussion, Sir David King commented that clean energy, the biggest new industry in the world, has a "more female ring than the traditional energy sector". If you would like to contribute toward a People Like Me in Energy pack, please get in touch.
Community Transport Conference
Returners' Programme: London
Tuesday 22 November
Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive of WISE, will be speaking at the Community Transport Association’s Westminster Conference. As more women work in community transport than in the wider industry, this is a great opportunity to learn form each other. Book your place.
Join our North East hub
The WISE North East hub is open to both WISE members and non-members, this group is for all STEM professionals, teachers and businesses in the north east of England and the surrounding area. Join the WISE North East hub LinkedIn group.
Advertise with The Engineer
The Engineer Jobs
The Engineer, media partner to the WISE campaign, will be running its hugely successful annual Women In Engineering special supplement this October and has offered a gigantic 50% discount on all advertising services exclusively for WISE members. This applies to both The Engineer Jobs, their specialist careers news and jobs board, and participation in the special magazine edition. Please contact Ben Cogger on 0207 970 4187 for more information. Limited time only!
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