Naomi Climer is President and a Fellow of the IET, and is former President of Sony’s global division – Media Cloud Services, with a mission to develop cloud based services for all parts of the media industry worldwide, after previously heading Sony’s B2B organisation in Europe (Sony Professional). She studied at Imperial College, London, before training as an engineer at the BBC and working in technical roles in BBC Radio, BBC World Service and BBC News as well as at ITV and in local radio. Naomi has a strong interest in diversity issues and has been an active campaigner for gender diversity within Sony and within the engineering profession in the UK, resulting in her short-listing for a WISE Women of Outstanding Achievement Award For Leadership and Inspiration in 2012.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) will be supporting National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) on 23rd June 2016 to celebrate the achievements of women working in the industry. National Women in Engineering Day is set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
Vibrancy through diversity in engineering
Engineering has a massive impact on our day-to-day lives, from the transport we use to get to various destinations, right down to the smaller, but equally innovative gadgets we use in our work and leisure time like mobile phones and iPads. In order to keep the engineering industry vibrant and fresh with innovative ideas we need to ensure that our workforce is diverse.
National Women in Engineering Day gives our industry the perfect opportunity to not only celebrate the achievements of women already working in engineering, but also to encourage and inform more women and girls about the rewarding careers on offer.
The research conducted by the IET to launch its Engineer a Better World campaign clearly shows that there is a real need to change perceptions of what engineering can offer women. It’s by supporting events like NWED and the IET’s very own Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards that we aim to raise the profile of engineering and give them the role models they need for inspiration when on the path to pursuing a successful career in engineering.
Background from the IET
The importance of this year’s day comes into even sharper focus with IET research stating that only 7% of UK parents stating that engineering would appeal to their daughters. In addition, the research also revealed that parents could be limiting their child’s future career decisions by having outdated perceptions of the jobs they think boys and girls are interested in.
Parents of girls in particular stated that they thought their daughters would be most interested in education and childcare careers (32%), as well as arts based careers (29%), healthcare (26%) and hair and beauty (23%).
NWED will see a number of events taking place across the UK which will give girls and women the opportunity to find out more about the industry and the opportunities it offers them. All of these events will support the industry in attracting fresh new talent to the sector whilst also promoting inclusion and increased diversity of the workforce.
For more information about National Women in Engineering Day visit: http://www.wes.org.uk/nwed
As well as supporting NWED, IET is also making a last call for entries to its annual Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2016 with entries needed before the deadline on Thursday 30th June. You can nominate here.