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Women’s Engineering Society launches WE50 Awards

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) has launched the Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) campaign for 2019.

Building on the success of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 campaigns, WES is looking to increase the reach, profile and engagement to encourage young women into engineering.

The competition will follow a public nominations process from which the top 50 will be selected. And nominations should focus on the criteria and any other reasons why the nominee, who can self-nominate, should be considered.

Nominees do not have to meet all criteria as the aim is to be inclusive and to highlight and celebrate women who have gone beyond what is expected in the sector or discipline of engineering and allied sciences, technology and mathematics.

While women make up around 14% of engineers in the UK, just over 7% of engineering apprentices are female. By selecting the Top 50 Women in Engineering: Current or Former Apprentices as its theme for 2019, WES hopes to highlight the opportunities that engineering apprenticeships offer women.

In 2018 there were over 170 nominations for the Top 50 Women in Engineering - Returners and Transferrers.

Full details of the nominee criteria for the 2019 awards can be found on the WE50 hub on the International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) website www.inwed.org.uk/we50 

The nominations close on 8 April and the awards will be presented at a ceremony in London, in tandem with recently announced WES annual global campaign International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on the 23 June. 

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