More women than ever reach the finals of the Semta Skills Awards

More female engineers than ever before are leading the charge to be named the best in British engineering and advanced manufacturing. For the first time each of the nine award categories has at least one female engineer in the final.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, said: “Women are under-represented in the industry so it is fantastic to see so many nominated and making it to the final. We need 800,000 engineers by 2020 and we will only get there if more women are inspired to take engineering up as a career.”

The awards are judged by an expert industry led judging panel which will also select an overall winner of the Best of British Engineering Award from the winners from the categories.

Watson continued: “Our finalists are role models who can send out the message loud and clear – women can be great British engineers.

“The Semta Skills Awards celebrate the very best of British engineering, recognising the achievements of talented people and inspiring businesses across the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector. It is right that we should shout loud and proud about what the finalists are doing to make Britain great.”

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