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Another Successful Year for Talent 2030!

Another Successful Year for Talent 2030!

At present only 11.8% of the UK’s professional engineers are women. From any perspective this is a huge waste of talent. The National Centre’s Engineering and Manufacturing Task Force explored the challenge of maintaining the UK’s manufacturing base. Talent 2030 is a legacy project from the Task Force report ‘Great Expectations’. Part of this is the National Engineering Competition for Girls which encourages girls to study and work in STEM sectors. The competition invites girls, aged 11 to 18, to solve the major challenges of the 21st Century, showing how engineering makes a difference to people and the planet. Since 2012, we have worked with more than 2,000 girls from 300 schools across the UK, and awarded £18,000 of prize money! We could not have done so without our tremendous supporters, Rolls-Royce, PepsiCo, Centrica and a generous donation from Hatch.

We have received over 300 entries this year! The judging panel will convene in February to choose the winners for the three age categories (11-14, 15-16, 17-18). The winners will be announced at the end of February. The prizes include: £1000 for the winner of each age category and their school, £300 for second place of each category and £150 for third place of each category. Winners are also paired with a mentor for one year. In addition, all short listed entrants are invited to the Big Bang Fair, in March 2019, to exhibit their ideas and receive their prizes and certificates.

Talent 2030 is a fantastic project which is tackling gender disparity in the UK’s STEM sector. Good luck to all of you who have entered this year’s competition. We hope you enjoyed researching and putting together your entry!

For more figures of women in studying and working in engineering sectors please view our dashboard by clicking here.