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Woman and Machine - Panel Debate

Summary We are an equal opportunity business. ​Like every company we are facing a skills gap and we need to attract the right talent. It’s essential that engineering is seen as an excellent career for all - and we need to attract more girls to take STEM subjects. In this lively discussion our guests put forward their thoughts on the role of women in engineering, as well as society at large.

HOST: Shelley Zalis - The Female Quotient/ Girls Lounge

Imogen Pierce - Aerodynamics Engineer and Programme Attribute Leader at Jaguar Land Rover

Michelle Kennedy - Entrepreneur and founder of Peanut

Baron David Blunkett - Former Home Secretary and champion for Diversity and Inclusion

Benita Mehra - President of Women’s Engineering Society

DR Lucia Carassiti & Sophie Wakeford (Morsa Images) - Women in Engineering - Solihull
DR Lucia Carassiti & Sophie Wakeford (Morsa Images) - Women in Engineering - Solihull

Watch the edited highlights of the Woman and Machine Debate below

TECH FEST 2017 - WOMAN AND MACHINE - EDIT

Women and Machine - Shelley Zalis
Women and Machine - Shelley Zalis

Like every company we are facing a skills gap and we need to attract the right talent. In short, we all need girls to take science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

Men dominate the UK automotive industry, filling 91% of engineering roles. There are fewer women in senior roles and there is a gender pay gap that is made worse by the low number of women coming into the industry and flourishing within it. Yet while attracting talent today is more competitive than ever, things are changing for the better.

We’re changing the conversation - CEO, The Female Quotient and Founder, The Girls’ Lounge, Shelley Zalis on women taking the initiative.

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Recruiting, training and retaining an engaged, skilled workforce that is aligned to the needs of the business is at the heart of our success strategy.

We believe that recruiting a skills-based workforce is key to succeeding in the rapidly changing global business environment. 

Women and Machine - Imogen Pierce
Women and Machine - Imogen Pierce

"Girls should be encouraged to enjoy making mistakes, to move away from the pressure to be perfect." Imogen Pierce, Jaguar Land Rover

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Women and Machine - David Blunkett
Women and Machine - David Blunkett

We are tackling the attitude that engineering is a male-dominated industry head-on by inspiring young people to explore the next generation of exciting career opportunities within engineering.

The record numbers of female engineering apprentices joining Jaguar Land Rover in our September 2017 intake were up 150% on last year. 

Helping women reach their full potential isn't only the right thing to do, it makes good economic and business sense.

We are changing the converstation and making the changes needed to ensure the gap is closing. 

Women and Machine - Yihyun Lim (left) and Dr Matilda Andersson
Women and Machine - Yihyun Lim (left) and Dr Matilda Andersson

Watch the full version of the Woman and Machine Debate below

TECH FEST 2017 - WOMAN AND MACHINE - FULL VIDEO

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