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Siemens offers 33 female university students early careers opportunities

Posted on 25 Nov 2021 and read 1313 times
Siemens offers 33 female university students early careers opportunitiesSiemens has continued its drive to increase the number of women in engineering with a recruitment event to find the STEM talent of the future. Female students from universities around the UK were hosted at Siemens’ UK headquarters in Manchester where they met inspirational women engineers at various stages of their careers.

Of the 42 students who attended, 33 have since been fast-tracked for early career opportunities at Siemens’ Digital Industries, Smart Infrastructure and Mobility divisions, including three-month summer placements, intern development and graduate development programmes. Meanwhile, other participants have been offered opportunities with Siemens’ Healthineers, Gamesa, and Energy divisions.

Women currently make up 24% of the STEM workforce in the UK, and by holding events like this, Siemens is demonstrating that it is playing its part to address the gender gap.

Earlier this year, the company revealed it is targeting gender parity in its early careers recruitment by 2025. Current figures illustrate 43% of those enrolled in graduate programmes and 36% in apprenticeship schemes are female.

Victoria Little, senior talent acquisition partner at Siemens, said: “Social mobility, inclusivity and diversity are priorities for our business. As a company we acknowledge that we need to do our bit to empower, inspire and break down some of the stereotypes surrounding a career in STEM.

“While we have run similar kinds of events like this over the years, we have never attempted it on such a large scale. This was a real opportunity for Siemens to ramp up recruitment of talent and skillful young women and play a leading role in bridging the gender gap. With more than 30 participants now being considered for internship and graduate positions, it has been a resounding success.”

Participants from universities from Southampton up to Glasgow travelled to Manchester for the Women in Engineering event held last month where senior engineers Sarah Black-Smith, head of factory operations for Siemens Digital Industries, and Faye Bowser, head of energy and performance services at Siemens plc, shared their personal career journeys.

Meanwhile, Siemens’ current crop of female engineering talent, including Natalie Gristwood and Kathryn Grimwade, from Siemens DI, and Sophie Beckingham, Marvellous Nikwocha, Yanely Jimenez, Allegria Bwitonzi, and Kelly Lo from Siemens Mobility, gave their insights of what a career in engineering can look like.

Reflecting on the event, Ms Bowser said: “It was a delight to be able to meet the fresh wave of young female talent looking to explore a career in engineering, and reflect upon my career so far to inspire them. I remember being there myself, feeling daunted and excited for what the future would be. I felt inspired and energised by seeing this group of gifted young women which I am sure will go on to achieve wonderful things.

“As a business we need to proactively keep raising the bar. Currently only 12% of the UK engineering workforce are women. At a time when we are facing society’s greatest challenges, such as climate change, we need to harness diversity-of-thought to become a more inclusive and vibrant workforce fit for the future.”