Women in Engineering

Women in Engineering

The Tilly Shilling Initiative: Encouraging women into engineering.

We are a group of female engineers at the MTC who are passionate about promoting engineering as a profession and, by using female role models, we hope to have a positive effect on changing the industry.

As female engineers, we want to use our position in the industry to inspire and engage students of all ages, and to show them how challenging and rewarding a career in engineering can be.

Our members are working towards this goal by volunteering their time for activities such as:

  • Teacher engagement
  • Attendance at school and university careers events
  • Hosting young engineer events at the MTC
  • STEM activities
  • Mentoring

15.8% of engineering and technology undergraduates in the UK are female (1). And only 9% of the engineering workforce is female (2), with just 6% of registered engineers and technicians (i.e. CEng, IEng, EngTech) being women (3).

We hope that our actions will help raise the number of female students, and consequently graduates, taking on STEM subjects and courses, and finding opportunities to fulfil their aspirations in engineering careers.

Check out the video below to hear from Kerry, one of our engineering apprentices. You can also learn more about some of our other female engineers and apprentices in the Case Studies section below.


If you would like to arrange an event with the MTC's Women in Engineering group, or would perhaps like to arrange a school visit, please contact us on 02476 701 600 or email marketing@the-mtc.org


For more information and other resources on women in engineering, the following links may be of interest:

(1) Women in STEM - facts and statistics (Reporting period 2012-2015), IET  https://communities.theiet.org/files/8042
(2) Skills & Demands from Industry - 2015 Survey, IET http://www.theiet.org/factfiles/education/skills2015-page.cfm
(3) Engineering UK 2015: The State of Engineering. http://www.engineeringuk.com/EngineeringUK2015/EngUK_Report_2015_Interactive.pdf

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