Opus International Consultants, the global infrastructure consultancy, celebrated National Women in Engineering Day on the 23 June. Opus, in conjunction with CEMAST (Fareham College’s dedicated Centre of Excellence for Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training) in Hampshire, hosted an engineering day for groups of girls from local schools.
The day consisted of presentations run by women who work in the profession as well as practical exercises such as building a geodesic dome, floodwater movement and building bridges. Huw Edwards, Managing Director, UK of Opus says “Our industry as a whole, lacks diversity. We must start by setting the right foundations for a positive flow of new talent into the industry.”
Anouska Ottley, Engineering Lecturer at CEMAST added: “It is fantastic to see so many girls showing a real interest in engineering-related careers, and looking into the possibility of studying qualifications in this area when they finish school.”
The event was opened by the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Michael Ford, who gave an inspirational welcome to the students in attendance about the importance of developing skills in this area. He said: This event hopes to encourage students, especially girls, to fill the substantial future job opportunities predicted for this sector. Engineers develop solutions for modern problems to make life better for us all, and with engineering technology a part of practically every industry, there are real prospects for women to develop careers in this area.”
Student Grace Atkins from Crookhorn College said: When you hear ‘engineering’ you think of buildings and men in hard hats, but it is a lot more than that. Today has given me a different understanding that there are many different career paths in the sector that can be taken.”
Opus will continue to work with further educational establishments to promote the engineering profession.