Just 16% of engineering graduates are women, with the overall ratio currently just one woman to eight men in the engineering profession, according to a new Engineers Ireland report released today.
Launched to mark Engineers Week 2018 which runs until March 2, Engineering 2018 highlighted that very few engineering employers have been specifically targeting the recruitment of female talent, which has the potential to help overcome the engineering skills shortage that is still hampering industry in Ireland, according to the report.
“With just 12% of engineering professionals in Ireland currently female, women very much remain an untapped resource in the sector”
Speaking at the launch of the new Engineering 2018 report, Engineers Ireland Director General, Caroline Spillane, said one of the biggest challenges facing the profession continues to be bridging the gender gap.
“With just 12% of engineering professionals in Ireland currently female, women very much remain an untapped resource in the sector. Most of society’s biggest challenges will require interdisciplinary solutions and the combined mind-power of women and men working together. It is very much in the engineering profession’s interests that we better bridge this gender gap to harness the abundance of skills that are now the hallmark of our female graduates.
“In education, there have been some very positive developments in this regard in the Junior Certificate,” continued Ms. Spillane, “where last year the majority of those taking higher-level science and mathematics were girls. There have also been encouragingly similar trends in the Leaving Certificate, so the challenge now for the entire profession and for engineering education nationally, from primary to third level, is building on this to convert girls’ burgeoning interest in STEM subjects into more women engineering professionals – which is what the country badly needs to sustain economic recovery.”
The Engineering 2018 report also showed that total higher-level STEM subject sittings by female students for the Junior Certificate have now increased to 41%, and to 43% for the Leaving Certificate.
“Engineers Week is very much focused on celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland – and a key emphasis this year is on encouraging young girls to think positively about engineering and to explore the abundance of diverse possibilities a career in the area can offer,” added Ms. Spillane.
For more information on the Engineering 2018 report visit www.engineersireland.ie