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Women In Hard Hats Shock

Women In Hard Hats Shock

Amazingly, here in the 21st Century, some people – mentioning no names – still view the existence of women in industry holding down jobs that are, in the opinion of these Luddites, the domain of men. The sight of a female wearing a high-viz jacket and a hard hat seems to throw them into a paroxysm of distaste. What is the world coming to, etc. It is funny how, nearly two hundred years on, Victorian values still stick in some minds.

Thankfully, modern employers don’t feel that way and will select the right man for the job even if it is a woman. The good news then from Land Rover is that they are actively seeking out female students to apply for its new scholarship programme for young women looking to pursue a career in engineering.

The scholarship is worth some nine thousand pounds to each of three lucky beneficiaries over a period of three years, thus providing a small but useful source of income during the training.

The campaign was launched by none other than Zara Philips (Tindall) who spoke of the service by her Grandmother who worked as a mechanical engineer in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during wartime. She also made reference to her Mother, the Princess Anne, who is patron of WISE; an organisation that helps young women achieve jobs in engineering. The scholarship highlights Land Rover’s commitment to increasing the number of female engineers in the UK. Numbers are small just now, but rising slowly.

According to a report published by Engineering UK, Britain needs to double the number of engineering graduates and triple the number of engineering apprentices by 2020 to meet industry needs. At present, just thirteen per cent of engineering undergraduates are female, a problem Land Rover is determined to address. In addition to the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship (to give it its full name), Land Rover already runs specific training schemes to support ambitious female engineers.

The Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship is funded by the 2012 MacRobert Award, the premier UK award for engineering. The judges credited the ingenuity of the Land Rover engineers who succeeded in packaging key components under the vehicle floor, “with millimetre accuracy”.

This is good news for industry and good news for women. Maybe we will see true equality within the autmotive sector in the coming years and are finally able to drop the expression, ‘jobs for the boys’.

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One Response to “Women In Hard Hats Shock”

  1. James Booker says:

    Thanks for posting this piece, it was really useful :)

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