Women in engineering

The engineering world is renowned for being a male-dominated profession. In the 21st century, it is key to forget the stigma concerning the engineering society and ultimately encourage more females to become engineers.


Vogal Projects strongly supports the many organisations and programmes currently in place to encourage more women towards the engineering sector based jobs. This includes the Science Learning Partnerships and Maths Hubs which increase participation in STEM A levels.


Vogal helps many young people who want to be engineers with our training centre. We are currently training 75 engineering apprentices, and encourage both young men and women with an interest to get in touch.


Recently, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), submitted plans to develop a more creative engineering A-level with the hope that this would encourage more girls to enrol in engineering undergraduate courses. Sadly, this plan has been rejected last week. The UK is currently holds the bottom spot for recruiting women into the profession of engineering. According to studies, there are 8 times as many men in the industry in comparison to the women. The online recruitment website, Reed, supports this with data from 2014 demonstrating that 97,681 women in the UK applied for engineering roles whereas 753,263 men applied to these roles.


The gender gap within engineering starts far before job applications. UCAS confirm that at undergraduate level, mechanical engineering has the second largest gender gap. However, there has be progress within the engineering world to reduce this gap.


Since 2015, the figures have doubled in mechanical engineering and have further increased in courses for aerospace engineering and civil engineering undergraduate courses at university. More schools are putting more effort into young girls at the K-12 stage, as this stage has proven to be significantly important for career motivation.


Equality between genders is good for productivity, morale and business. It has been proven that gender balanced teams consistently outperform teams which are dominated by one sex only. Furthermore, although the gender gap is one of the largest in the engineering sector, the pay gap isn’t. The gender pay gap between male and female engineering staff has closed by 6% this year, and is now considered one of the better industries of monetary equality.


There are currently three times as many female engineers aged between 20-24 compared to those aged 40-44 which presents the shift in times. The most popular job roles currently for women within engineering are automotive, manufacturing and design areas, at the moment. Vogal encourages everyone, female and male, to look into the great potential and possibilities held within the engineering sector.