Womanthologies recent interview with Eleanor Levitt (a graduate engineer at British Airways) showcases some of the ways British Airways is helping promote Engineering.
When asked how BA’s “Diversity in Engineering” scheme Eleanor explained;
I believe the problem stems from there not being enough diversity in the talent pipeline in the first place – it’s this which the group plans to tackle by informing and inspiring younger people that engineering is a viable career for everyone.
We have had a few stand-out accomplishments so far: In February this year, some colleagues and I attended a joint diversity event with Rolls-Royce to share our experiences with them. A British Airways female pilot also spoke about her experience and role there too.
We also have three colleagues who take part in a mentor scheme with female engineering students at Brunel University.
In March this year, we invited 50 local female students to take part in engineering activities and have a tour of our engineering base. We also had support from our Director of Engineering, Andy Kerswill, General Manager of Customer Excellence, Joanna James and Short-haul Fleet Chief, Helen McCarry, among others, who presented at the event.
This is not an issue that will change overnight and we would like to tackle a range of diversity issues. The plan is to persevere with organising different types of events and grow our network of affiliates. I definitely see this as being a marathon, not a sprint.
The full article can be read at womanthology
Wednesday 23 June is National Women in Engineering Day (#NWED2016)
It is a campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. For more information please download the National Women in Engineering Day Resource Pack