Research published by National Grid earlier this year showed that the UK’s energy sector will need to fill 400,000 jobs if it is to meet its target to deliver net zero emissions by 2050. But the under-representation of women, who currently make up just 12% of the engineering workforce across the sector, means the sector is missing out on a full-strength gender balanced workforce.
Our research showed that 83% of women want to help the UK reach its net zero target by 2050, so it’s critical that we break down barriers to ensure they can play their part.
Today (23 June) is International Women in Engineering Day and National Grid is sharing the stories of some of our women engineers.
Lucy Fox-Russell is from Bristol and is a project supervisor trainee on National Grid’s Hinkley Connection Project, which will connect more than six million UK homes and business to low-carbon energy when it completes in 2025.
Lucy said: “I’m from Bristol, so being part of the Hinkley Connection Project is great for me as I’ve grown up hearing about when Hinkley Point C might be built.
“People might still think that all engineers are men in hard hats building bridges and I think there is a general lack of awareness of the different engineering disciplines and career routes available.
"I joined National Grid after completing an apprenticeship in mechanical and electrical engineering with the Ministry of Defence. The skills you acquire in an engineering course and work experience are in demand across lots of industries. The employment rates for people with engineering apprenticeships and degrees are very high. It’s definitely worth checking out the options.
“As an engineer on this project, I know I am making a real difference. I’m working every day to improve the UK’s infrastructure by helping to connect millions of people to low-carbon electricity. It’s something I’m very excited about and very proud of.”
Find out more information on STEM careers with National Grid. You can also read more inspiring stories from across National Grid Group, exploring the diverse range of opportunities available within the construction and infrastructure industry.