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The female engineer busting manufacturing myths

July 10, 2019 / Maddy White

Making STEM careers accessible for everyone and busting the myths surrounding engineering and manufacturing jobs are long-standing issues for industry. We spoke to one female engineer tackling these challenges head on. Only 12% of engineers are women in the UK, according to 2018 figures from Women in Engineering Society, this up just 1% from the previous year. The industry has a shameful gender gap that refuses to close. One woman determined to change that is Katy Toms, a senior engineer for global engineering firm WSP. Toms was named as one of WES Top 50 Women in Engineering in 2017 and is a STEM ambassador. Engineering is for everyone, she tells me. It is the perfect mix of technical skills and creativity, which means that if your passionate about being able to make a difference, there is probably a role for you in engineering.