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Nominate someone you know for the Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards

WE50 awards

Founded by the Women's Engineering Society in 2016, the WE50 awards are a UK event linked to International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) - the global celebration of women in engineering that takes place on 23 June each year.

The WE50 raises awareness of the skills shortage facing the industry, highlighting the huge discrepancy between the number of men vs. women currently in engineering professions. ​The awards aim to change perceptions while encouraging young women to consider engineering as a viable and rewarding career.

​In 2015, the United Nations signed a historic declaration to mark its 70th anniversary. They committed to achieving sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental, and created the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals which you can see here.

In December 2019, the United Nations held the COP25, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid, which brought the world together to consider ways to strengthen the implementation of the Paris Agreement. COP25 came at a time when new data showed the climate emergency is getting worse every day, and is impacting people’s lives everywhere, whether from extreme heat, air pollution, wildfires, intensified flooding or droughts. ​More on the climate change here.

These two initiatives are why the Women’s Engineering Society will recognise the Top 50 Women who are involved in sustainability in engineering or an allied discipline in 2020.

If you, or a colleague or someone you know, are involved in the formulation and/or delivery of sustainable strategies and solutions, addressing the challenges of the Climate Emergency, Net Zero Carbon and/or delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals, then please make a nomination for the Top 50 Women in Sustainability as we celebrate the women who #ShapetheWorld.

Important WE50 dates:

​8 March 2020 – #WE50 Nominations open
27 April 2020 – 12 noon #WE50 nominations close
11 May 2020 - #WE50 winners notified
23 June 2020 - #WE50 winners announced

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WES announces UK’s Top 50 Women in Engineering 2019

WE50 Awards

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day 2019, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) has announced the winners of the Top 50 Women in Engineering: Current and Former Apprentices (WE50).

Now in its fourth year, the WE50 continues to showcase the extensive female talent across the sector, this year focusing on women currently serving as apprentices or those who have previously undertaken an apprenticeship.

The 2019 awards attracted a large number of high-quality nominations from a broad range of industries. The 50 winners and ‘highly commended’ nominees came from many different sectors including professional services, pharmaceutical, aerospace, facilities management and automotive.

Speaking about the awards, Dawn Childs, WES President said, “Since the inception of the Top 50 Women in Engineering list in 2016, WES has been privileged to be able to identify, and thus help showcase, some amazing women in engineering."

"Every year a different focus is chosen to ensure that we can shine a light on female engineers at different stages of their career and who have come to engineering through many different paths."

"Apprenticeships remain one of the key routes for technical education and subsequently, to qualifying as an engineer."

"Consequently, we have looked at current and former apprentices in the WE50 list this year."

"The breadth and depth of roles and industries covered by the entries was simply breathtaking and the achievements of the individual entrants were stunning – we have definitely found another truly inspirational list of female engineers!”

The WE50 were judged by a panel of industry experts and head judge, Dawn Fitt, commented, “As a former Engineering Technician Apprentice it has been a pleasure to see first-hand the fantastic achievements of both current and former apprentices."

"This is particularly heartening given the push to increase the number of apprenticeships within the UK."

"I believe that this year’s list showcases the career opportunities for any woman wanting to pursue an engineering apprenticeship.”

The WE50 awards take place each year to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on 23 June, a day endorsed by UNESCO patronage since 2016. INWED celebrates the achievements of women in engineering and related roles and highlights the opportunities available to engineers of the future. This year INWED takes place on WES’ centenary, 100 years on from the day the society was founded.

The 2019 WE50 winners have been published in a Guardian newspaper supplement today, Monday 24 June 2019. The awards will be presented at the WES Afternoon Tea event at the Royal Academy of Engineering on the afternoon of 24 June. A full list of the WE50 winners is available at www.inwed.org.uk/we50-2019.