We believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce leads to wider collaboration, broader thinking and greater innovation.
We are proud that, this year, three of our female engineers are recognised in The Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in Engineering 2017. Sophie Harker, Victoria Roots and Sophie Dent were all named in The Telegraph’s Top 50 – a campaign, in association with the Women’s Engineering Society, to promote female role models, aged 35 and under, that exist within engineering professions. It aims to raise awareness of the skills shortage facing industry and recognise those who provide inspiration to other young women considering a career in engineering.
Each year, we invest £90 million in education and skills activities with an emphasis on STEM subjects. In 2016, approximately 25% of our graduate and apprentice intake were women, with early indications of this number increasing in the 2017 intake. We have also increased the number of women in management posts significantly in the last three years.
We are determined to bridge the historical gender gap in our industry by encouraging more women to join the company, celebrating our women engineers and promoting development to increase the number of women in senior executive positions.
"It is critically important that we have visible female role models who can inspire others and challenge any unconscious bias with regards to the roles that men or women tend to go into. At BAE Systems, we are committed to attracting, retaining, engaging and developing the very best engineers regardless of their gender. Our Women in Engineering role models illustrate the talent within our organisation and the breadth of exciting roles offered within the engineering sector."
Emma Nabb, HR Manager, Diversity and Inclusion
The Top 50 Women in Engineering list is now available in the Daily Telegraph, to celebrate the successful candidates and their achievements.