WES annonces UK's Top 50 Women in Engineering 2019

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day 2019, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) has announced the winners of the Top 50 Women in Engineering: Current and Former Apprentices (WE50). Now in its fourth year, the WE50 continues to showcase the extensive female talent across the sector, this year focusing on women currently serving as apprentices or those who have previously undertaken an apprenticeship.

The 2019 WE50 wiiner have been published in a Guardian newspaper supplement Monday 24th June 2019. A full list of WE50 winner is available at www.inwed.org.uk/we50-2019.

J & E Hall’s very own Lisa-Jayne Cook, Sales & Applications Engineer, appears in the top 50 list and Linda McVittie, Sales Manager, appears in the top 100.

Lisa-Jayne says, “It is an honour, a privilege and truly humbling to be recognised by the Women’s Engineering Society and to be included within such an inspiring group of female engineers.  This award marks a very significant point in my career.  I never for a moment thought I would make it through to the top 50 of such a prestigious list; it still hasn’t really sunk in. 

WES campaigns, such as WE50, aim to raise the profile of women in STEM careers and highlight the skills shortage we are suffering in all engineering based fields.  There is both a distinct lack of young people coming into the RACHP industry and a vast difference between the number of men and women.  I hope that the valuable work both WES and the Women in RACHP group are doing will breakdown the prejudices we still face in such male dominated roles, and that we will inspire the next generation to take up careers in STEM, which they will enjoy without the challenges and biases previous generations have faced.  This certainly is a very exciting time for Women in RACHP, lets continue to promote inclusion and diversity within our industry and close the gaps between men and women for a brighter future for all.”

The WE50 awards take place each year to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on 23 June, a day endorsed by UNESCO patronage since 2016. INWED celebrates the achievements of women in engineering and related roles and highlights the opportunities available to engineers of the future. This year INWED takes place on WES’ centenary, 100 years on from the day the society was founded.