|WISE World Cafe - Suzy Firkin, Development Director of WISE, and Tom Jones, Vice President of Amec Foster Wheeler Clean Energy.|
Male executives need to challenge some of their perceptions and do more to create opportunities for women to build careers in the energy workforce.
That was one of the conclusions from the Men of Action – WISE World Café event organised by Amec Foster Wheeler.
Held at Booths Park, Knutsford, in conjunction with WISE, the campaign to improve gender balance in science, technology and engineering, the breakfast meeting attracted more than 50 business leaders from the nuclear, engineering, construction and professional services sectors.
Mentoring and increased opportunities for flexible working were some of the practical steps suggested to tackle gender inequality in the UK’s scientific workforce. Suzy Firkin, WISE’s Development Director, said the actual risk of flexible working was much smaller than it is perceived to be.
Tom Jones, Vice President of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business, said:
“There is a global shortage of scientists and technicians. In the UK, women make up 14.4% of all people working in STEM occupations and less than 10% of the engineering workforce. Industry cannot afford to miss out on half of our potential talent pool.
“It was encouraging to meet so many decision makers who are willing to take the time to discuss practical steps to help women achieve their full potential.”
Amec Foster Wheeler designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers across the global energy and related sectors.
Employing around 40,000 people in more than 55 countries and with 2015 revenues of £5.5 billion, the company operates across the oil and gas industry – from production through to refining, processing and distribution of derivative products – and in the mining, clean energy, power generation, pharma, environment and infrastructure markets.
Amec Foster Wheeler offers full life-cycle services to offshore and onshore oil and gas projects (conventional and unconventional, upstream, midstream and downstream) for greenfield, brownfield and asset support projects, plus leading refining technology.
The company’s nuclear business stands out for its ability to bring world-leading expertise, technology and scientific capabilities to customers’ challenges throughout the life-cycle from new build and reactor operations to life extension and decommissioning. With 4,000 nuclear specialists around the world, we’re able to support our customers with local resources.
WISE inspires girls and women to study and build careers using science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It advises organisations on how to create environments where those women can do their best work and thrive. Its mission is to get one million more women in the UK STEM workforce.
Nominations are invited for the inaugural WISE Man of the Year Award – for men who have influenced change in their organisation or the wider industry. Nominations can be made online until 8 July at https://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/wise-awards/wise-awards-2016/nominate