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Women’s Engineering Society launches WE50 Awards for 2019

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

After the 2016, 2017 and 2018 campaigns, WES is looking to increase their reach, profile and engagement to encourage young women to pursue a career in engineering.

WES is launching the theme for the 2019 Top 50 Women in Engineering in Apprenticeships Week, as this year’s Top 50 Women in engineering will be current or former apprentices. Once again, the competition will follow a public nominations process from which the top 50 will be selected.

While women make up around 14% of engineers in the UK, just over 7% of engineering apprentices are female. By selecting the 'top 50 women in engineering: current or former apprentices' as its theme for 2019, WES aims to highlight the terrific opportunities that engineering apprenticeships offer women. Engineering apprenticeships provide an alternative route to a career in engineering and female engineering apprentices have the same access to career progression as those who have followed the degree route.

In 2018 there were over 170 nominations for the Top 50 women in engineering – returners and transferrers.

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