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Three brilliant women crowned Young Woman Engineers of the Year Three outstanding female engineers have been recognised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for their professional achievements and the work they do encouraging other young people into engineering. 28-year-old senior hardware engineer Naomi Mitchison from Selex-ES has been named the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year, and will play an ambassadorial role for the profession in the forthcoming months. 20-year-old Jessica Bestwick, who works for Rolls Royce, was presented with the IET’s Mary George Prize for Engineering Society (WES) Award. Recognising outstanding female engineers has never been so important after recent statistics from the IET’s Skills and Demand in Industry survey showed that women represent only 6% of the engineering workforce. Further IET research showed that only 1% of parents of girls were likely to encourage their daughters into engineering, compared to 11% for parents of boys. Naomi said: “I’m really grateful to receive this award and it’s a real honour to be the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year. I’m really looking forward to taking an ambassadorial role for the industry and to do what I can to encourage more women into engineering.” contributing to skills shortages which damage the economy. The shocking reality is that the UK is missing out on half of its potential engineering and technology workforce by failing to attract women into the industry. It also means that women are losing out on interesting and rewarding career opportunities. “A lack of inspirational engineering role models for girls is one of the main reasons for this so we must make sure we show the next generation that engineering is a dynamic, diverse, interesting and challenging career choice. Naomi will be a fantastic role model to all young people thinking of a career in engineering and technology.
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After a very strong PPMA Show, some of the revenue from the event will now be donated to the new PPMA Business Education Skills and Training (PPMA BEST) a charitable wing of the PPMA to address ongoing issues within the industry such as educating the banks to the importance of automation in UK industry to promote investment in new technology. In addition the PPMA will support Appetite for Skills road shows up and down the country addressing the skills shortage.
Robots, Automation and Vision Systems Grant Collier Head of Marketing and Publishing of the PPMA Group said ‘we were extremely pleased with the PPMA show having a presence from all the major robot manufacturers. Whilst we are not witnessing the highest levels of robot sales experienced in record years 2012 and 2013, robot sales are still strong ensuring further awareness of the
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Automation Advisory Board BARA will continue to support this active initiative by The Manufacturer in 2015 that helps connect the major suppliers of automation and robotics with end users and educate the banks in the importance of face of engineering and industry is changing and with new technology dramatically improving output, the UK must adopt this technology to remain competitive. In the words of Henry Ford “if you need a machine and have it”.
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This Autumn Statement is a huge The extra support and new centre in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult that Innovate UK is setting up shows just how valuable the Catapults are to business, and how successful they have been in transform-
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