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INWED: It’s not just about recruiting – it’s about retaining

02 June 2023

“Engineers shape the world we live in. They design, deliver and maintain the infrastructure we all rely on – and to serve society well, we need to reflect society.”

Sophia Bell, Group Editor
Sophia Bell, Group Editor

Such were the rousing words of Dr Hayaatun Sillem, CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering, who recently led a panel of pioneering female leaders and experts, in the lead-up to International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). 

Hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the discussion focused on challenges surrounding female representation in the engineering industry, how we can encourage more women to pursue careers in this field, and the importance of striving for greater equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). 

However, it’s all very well and good to increase the number of female recruits, but diversity – true diversity – is so much more than merely a box-ticking exercise, a statistical pursuit. One aspect of this conversation that often gets overlooked is that we don’t only need to boost the number of women entering engineering, but the number of women staying in engineering. 

Read the full article in DPA's June issue

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