New film aims to engineer change in diversity shortfall

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) launched an inspiring new video about women in engineering at the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) conference recently. The film features a number of prominent industry leaders, including Michèle Dix, Managing Director, Crossrail 2 and Rachel Skinner, a Director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, who talk about the barriers that women face in the engineering world.

They also cite the need to make engineering careers more accessible by showcasing women engineers – not just women who have reached the top of the career ladder but those who have managed to achieve that and have a family.

Miranda Housden, ICE South West Director who produced the film, said:

We can only tap into this wider pool by making ourselves more inclusive and attractive, and making this happen is a challenge for the whole industry. We can start with an open, candid discussion about what is holding us back and the steps that can be taken – in both a practical and cultural sense – to enable a shift. We hope this film, and the leading inspirational figures who feature in it and want to deliver change, really kick starts this debate.

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