Investment programme for women in engineering

More than 350 women working in science, engineering and manufacturing technologies are to benefit from funding secured by Semta, the Sector Skills Council.

The Career Investment and Progression Programme is aimed at women already employed in the sector. It will seek to enhance their career progression through one-to-one workshops, which will also be available to male colleagues, development of career plans, highlighting of training needs and consolidation of goals.

Semta and employers will jointly fund the workshops, with £400 made available by Semta for training each female employee. Funding has been secured from the Employer Investment Fund, managed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

"In the current economy, making the most of an employee's capabilities is vital," says Semta director of UK operations Lynn Tomkins. "Recent research has revealed that women are working in roles far below their capabilities and potential skill levels. To tackle the problem, Semta has secured this funding to help sector companies attract, develop and train the best female talent. The programme helps organisations to understand the barriers women face during recruitment or career advancement and remove them."

Through previous Women in Work programmes, Semta has supported 42 employers and 880 female employees. Employers have included Aston Martin, Bentley, BMG Labtech, Ford, Johnson Controls, Mahle, Jaguar and ThyssenKrupp.

Matthew Valentine

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