Friday the 2nd October will see the launch of the first Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Group at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College. The College has been committed to the education of young women engineers since they were first permitted to join the College in 1992 and currently more than a quarter of it’s students are female.
The Women’s Engineering Society is a professional, not-for-profit network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development to women pursuing engineering and technical careers. Membership of WES (and of the Welbeck student group) is open to all and is not restricted to female students.
Professor Sarah Hainsworth, Mechanical Engineer and the Graduate Dean of Leicester University will be delivering the key note speech entitled “The Engineer’s Toybox” at the launch event. Invited guests include members of the Welbeck Governing Board, members of the Loughborough University WES group and three ex-Welbexian women engineers. The key note speech will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity for the members of the current upper and lower sixth students to meet and network with the guests.
The Welbeck WES group will be student-led, convening each month in the autumn and spring terms. Meetings will consist of a short talk from an inspiring engineer followed by a networking opportunity. The group also plan to visit engineering related locations and work together on group projects.
The initiative has been led by Mrs Lisa Hawkins who is a member of staff at the College and a manufacturing engineer and member of WES. Mrs Hawkins said “It is hoped that this group and our connection to the Women’s Engineering Society will support and inspire our current students as well as raise the profile of engineering as a career choice for young women in defence. Welbeck has long been a supporter of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and it is only fitting that we should offer our students the opportunity to join professional bodies such as WES to support them along their career pathways.”
Women's Engineering Society website