Girls needed for Clean Energy jobs

”We need All of humanity not half of it to work on the clean energy revolution”

That’s the opinion of David Sandalow from the U.S. Department of Energy at the Women, Innovation and the Clean Energy Future reception held yesterday at Lancaster house, as part of the Clean Energy Ministerial.

Whilst there are some incredible women working in the clean  energy sector, such as Juliet Davenport, CEO of  Good Energy, these role models are few and far between.   Lack of understanding amongst young women of the opportunities available as well as a lack of women in middle management positions taking that next step up were discussed as the main reasons.

Yet it was felt by both the  women and men present that women do bring  a different perspective to the sector so should be encouraged to be a bigger part of it.

So please do encourage your female students to find out more about this interesting work that is key to our future.

To see how  members of Practical Action who work on clean energy and other technologies for the developing world got their dream jobs please visit our careers page for a poster and case studies.

2 responses to “Girls needed for Clean Energy jobs”

  1. Mansoor Ali Says:

    As a regular visitor to the universities and a mentor for many young professionals, I got the impression that there are many jobs available out there and women are not just applying or not provided opportunities. My impression is that, despite one of the fastest growing sectors, the actual jobs are just not there because of a number of reasons. Second, it is fact that number of female students in many engineering qualification is now 50% or more – across the globe. So, solution to the problem may exist elsewhere.

  2. Julie Brown Says:

    Hi Mansoor.

    Thank you for your comments.

    A recent report by Uk Engineering concluded that we do have a real issue in europe with not enough female engineers. Not sure where you got the 50% from, In fact Engineering UK’s statistics show that only 12% of students on engineering courses are female and over 70% of those that qualify don’t go on to do Enginering related jobs. In appreticeships only 4% of engineering apprenticeships are taken by females so there is a huge gender imbalance.

    Their research identifies 3 major themes

    1. Girls are effectively ruling themselves out of a degree in engineering by the age of 14
    2. Enjoyment of a subject is as significant as attainment in terms of a pupil’s likelihood to pursue that subject further
    3. Careers information, advice and guidance is still reinforcing gender stereotypes

    you can view the report http://www.theukrc.org/files/useruploads/files/int_gender_summary_engineeringuk_04_11_.pdf

    or read an article for more information
    http://www.theengineer.co.uk/opinion/comment/why-arent-there-more-women-engineers/1009440.article

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