LCR Business Post: Michelle Dow “Engineering an answer to skills shortage”
March 19th 2018

LCR Business Post: Michelle Dow “Engineering an answer to skills shortage”

The latest edition of Liverpool City Region Business Post features All About STEM’s Managing Director, Michelle Dow, on the Year of Engineering and the skills shortage. 

Did you know that before All About STEM, Michelle was a gas engineer?
One of the first female gas engineers in the UK for British Gas.
Engineering can mean so many things and take you anywhere!

There’s a selection of inspirational excerpts below and you can view the full story here.

“The Year of Engineering is a government campaign to tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession. It is designed to increase awareness and understanding about what engineers do, among young people aged 7-16, their parents and teachers. This is great news for organisations like ours whose objectives are to inspire the next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, engineering and Maths) experts.”

“Throughout 18 successful years with British Gas, I expanded my knowledge and expertise through training, the support of mentors, sheer hard work and a can-do attitude. I didn’t sign up to the role to help diversity figures and I didn’t choose it because of the title or because of the infamous skills gap. I loved my job; I chose it because I like to solve problems and I am good at finding creative and innovative solutions.”

“I think part of the problem is a lack of understanding about what an engineer is. Attempting to define engineering can be extremely difficult as different organisations have traditionally taken different approaches. In our experience, when asking the question, ‘What does an engineer look like?’ the preconception of a man in overalls, with dirty hands, is still prevalent.”

“Engineering is a great profession at all levels and throughout this Year of Engineering and beyond we should be highlighting all the brilliant opportunities we have in the sector.”

“We need to sell the fact that engineering is a career for all. We should do it by promoting all the positive aspects of the profession and not just because it’s a ‘skills shortage’ issue.”

Full story here…

Click here to take a look at the latest edition.

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