Aspiring female engineers have taken inspiration from the opportunities for a rewarding career at Warwickshire County Council on International Women in Engineering Day 2023.
To mark International Women in Engineering Day, Warwickshire County Council hosted a networking event on the theme of ‘Making Safety Seen, which is the theme of this years’ Women in Engineering Day.’ The session featured a keynote presentation on Safe Systems, a new approach in the field of road safety and a panel discussion exploring safety through the lens of technical discipline and personal experience.
The council has also released a video that shines a light on some of the career stories of its female engineers who work across Warwickshire on a diverse variety of projects.
The video hears from engineers working in areas such as flood risk management, highways and bridge construction and highways maintenance and covers what they love about their chosen profession, how they first got into engineering and advice for future generations of women looking for the unique and varied challenges that a career in engineering delivers on a daily basis.
Nicola van der Hoven, Service Manager at Warwickshire County Council, said: “Our celebration event has been a fantastic opportunity to share experience and knowledge. We know that it is so important to continue to talk about career opportunities and to inspire people to join our profession.”
“I enjoy my role because I am involved in every stage and with every process and can collaborate with a wide range of professionals from across the various disciplines involved in a big construction project. To see the end result built and used by the community is so fulfilling. I would recommend engineering as a career path to anyone.”
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, the Leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “We are very proud of our engineering workforce at Warwickshire County Council.
“Engineers are our, often unsung, heroes who plan new highway developments ensuring that residents are supported through excellent transport infrastructure; they design and deliver road safety improvements and flood mitigation defences that keep residents safer and help to maintain our historic monuments, such as bridges, preventing them from degradation due to the ravages of time and weather.
“We are proud, as an employer, that so many of our engineers are female and very thankful for the huge contribution that they make to making Warwickshire the best it can be. Our hope is that this video inspires future generations of Warwickshire’s young people, whatever their gender, to consider a rewarding career in engineering.”