Turn your passion for STEM into a career. Traditionally, engineering has been considered a 'male' domain. The energy and utilities sector is determined to address this and encourage more women to choose a career in engineering.

Careers in STEM suit all personalities and skill levels, including GCSE passes (or equivalent). You can choose to work in a whole range of different areas. The engineering jobs that invent new technologies, the technical jobs that help develop new energy sources, or even the maths jobs that require expert researchers and advise in furthering the UK’s economy.

Women make up less than 11% of the engineering sector in the UK
We want everyone to know that this sector is #notjustforboys.
“In 2017, just 35% of girls chose maths, physics, computing or a technical vocational qualification, compared to 94% of boys.” Dr Roz Bekker, Business Unit Director, Sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion, Janssen UK

We want everyone to know that there are opportunities for women in science for school leavers upwards, if you choose the right qualifications! To achieve this, leading companies in the sector are working to promote STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), particularly to young women to:

  • Help young women to realise their potential
  • Improve women’s potential pay and prospects
  • Develop a bigger and more diverse pool of talented women in science  
  • Contribute to economic growth

If you’re considering an engineering apprenticeship, you’re considering a job that’s diverse, well-paid and which places an emphasis on skills and qualifications. Apprenticeships in the energy and utilities sector have great starting salaries, training and mentoring and of course, opportunities for career progression. Entry criteria ranges from 5 GCSEs to 2 A-levels/BTEC Level 3 for higher and degree level apprenticeships. 

A mechanical engineering technician can earn between £18,000 and £35,000 a year. Electrical engineers will earn at least £21,000 and chartered engineers can earn £45,000 or more.

Lisa studied Civil & Architectural Engineering at uni. She's now the Veolia Water Strategy Lead

Lisa McKenzie talks about Veolia's graduate programme

Once qualified, we want  every woman to have the chance to achieve her potential as an engineer, applied scientist or leader. This means providing roles for women returning to work after having children – plus the flexibility and progression opportunities to combine work with being a mum.

The sector is also open to women currently working in other industries. There are many career pathways open, including the option to up-skill or re-skill through further study or training. With many companies offering first-class support and resources, women have every opportunity to excel and advance.

“Some of the myths that still exist about women in engineering are just not true. Our film explores some of them so the next generation of girls can feel confident engineering is a real career choice for them. The energy industry is currently facing two significant employment challenges; a skills shortage and a stark lack of diversity. Through our inclusion and diversity programme we’re aiming to contribute not only to change in our own organisation but across the energy industry and society as a whole”. Rosie MacRae, Head of Inclusion and Diversity for SSE

SSE - Life through a lens - putting women in engineering in focus

Women in Engineering at SSE

"The diversity of working in this industry is something that has really appealed to me." Kirsty McDermott, Design Assurance Engineer, National Grid
Kirsty McDermott - Design Assurance Engineer, National Grid
"I accepted a challenge in a role that no one understood and no one wanted." Myrtle Dawes, Chartered Chemical Engineer, Centrica
Myrtle Dawes, Chartered Chemical Engineer, Centrica

Read Kirsty,Myrtle,Sophie, Stephie, Zoe and Alex's stories to find out what they have to say about what their jobs involve as women in engineering. 

"For more than a century, women have been fighting for equal opportunities and recognition in STEM industries." Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive Officer, Women's Engineering Society

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