Written by Mel Sutcliffe, HICSE Test Engineer
On Tuesday 26th June I represented HICSE at an Afternoon Tea event which was organised by the Women's Engineering Society (WES), and hosted at the Royal Academy of Engineering’s headquarters in Carlton House Terrace, near Buckingham Palace.
The 250 attendees (predominately women, but with a small number of men) were treated to champagne on arrival (or orange juice, but there weren’t many takers!), followed by tea and coffee and an array of cakes and tiny sandwiches towards the end of the event.
The afternoon started with the keynote speech presented by the Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Dr Hayaatun Sillem, and ended with an award ceremony, recognising the achievements of individuals under the banner of ‘Returners and Transferrers’.
The WE campaign aims to raise awareness of the skills shortage facing the industry and the huge discrepancy between the number of men vs. women currently in Engineering professions. Nominations were available to women working in engineering or allied sector/disciplines, having either returned after a break of at least 18 months or transferred to engineering from another sector.
If you would like to learn more, please click on the following link: http://www.inwed.org.uk/top-50-women-in-engineering.html.
It was a fantastic opportunity to meet other engineers, and to increase the profile of HICSE within the engineering community.