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IET: Vince Cable says under-confidence to blame for Britain's lack of female engineers

In response, the Institution of Engineering and Technology disagreed saying that the under-representation was down to misconception.

Michelle Richmond from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) said: “Too few women enter the engineering profession. The IET’s most recent survey of engineering and technology companies found that just 6% of professional engineers are female.

“There is a misconception, held by some that engineering isn’t a career choice for women.  We need to reverse this trend, and change peoples’ perceptions of engineering, to ensuring they receive balanced career advice and the right support from industry

“The IET is taking a range of measures to increase the number of women in engineering. We support both women and girls interested in entering the profession. We support our members – both men and women – as they progress in their careers.”


Robert Beahan
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The Institution of Engineering and Technology


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