Local technology firm e2v was delighted to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day by hosting an interactive event at its Chelmsford facility for local school girls.
Over 40 school girls were treated to a host of activities on the day, including talks from female employees about their experiences as female engineers and some interactive ‘have a go’ sessions. The girls were able to test their engineering abilities by carrying out quality checks on state-of-the-art imaging sensors which are used in space missions, as well as building intricate product parts which go into life-saving radiotherapy machines.
Heather Rolls, Vice President of Engineering in RF Power, commented, “It was a great pleasure to have the girls here today. As one of the largest private employers in the county, we feel that there is an opportunity for us to encourage girls into a career in engineering. We hope that by hearing first-hand from our female engineers and attempting some of the engineering tasks themselves, they will have a better understanding of what this career entails and how exciting and rewarding it can be.”
Nationally only 6% of engineers are currently female. e2v’s female employees make up 29% of the current workforce, of which over 21% are engineers and technicians.
Heather continued, “e2v really is leading the way in employment of female engineers, however across the country, there is a lack of female engineers. We are actively looking to encourage girls to think about engineering as a future career through events such as this and maybe they will even join us at e2v to help us in bringing life to technology.”
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About e2v: Bringing life to technology, e2v partners with its customers to improve, save and protect people’s lives. Delivering innovative technology for high performance systems and equipment, e2v leads developments in communications, automation, discovery, healthcare and the environment.
e2v employs approximately 1700 people worldwide, has design and operational facilities across Europe, North America and Asia, and has a global network of sales and technical support offices. e2v has annual sales of GB225M and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.