31009570_sUK: The Institution of Engineering and Technology has joined forces with the Prospect trade union to recruit more women engineers.

The new joint working group, which has grown out of a conference to coincide with International Women’s Day, will establish best practice guidance to share across industry on how best to recruit and retain women in science and engineering roles

According to the group, only 6% of engineers in the UK today are women. This is due to a number of factors from the careers advice girls are given in schools, to schools not instilling girls with the confidence to opt for science and maths at A level. But it is also due to some employers needing to make their approach to recruitment and retention more female friendly.

Supported by Meg Munn MP, Baroness Prosser, Naomi Climer, president of Sony Media Cloud Services and IET president-elect, and Denise McGuire, vice president of Prospect, the group will also have industry representation from a range of major employers who attended the conference, including the Met Office, Atkins Global and BAE Systems.