Welsh female engineers encourage women and girls to consider careers in engineering.
- Young female rail engineers encourage women to fight the male-orientated stereotype and choose a career in engineering.
- Network Rail are looking to attract more women to join the rail industry.
- “I’ve never felt at a disadvantage because I’m a woman whilst working for Network Rail.”
Welsh female engineers are calling for more women and girls to consider careers in engineering for International Women in Engineering Day.
Asset engineer Louise Bungay and assistant asset engineer, Hannah Kennedy, who both work for Network Rail, explain why engineering is an interesting career choice for women.
Louise, 27, and Hannah, 23, are responsible for the maintenance of Network Rail structures such as bridges, viaducts, walls, tunnels and sea defences.
Louise said: “My dad was a highways engineer and I remember as a kid we were driving and he said ‘I designed this road’. I loved the idea that as an engineer, you could have ownership of something and have a direct impact on people’s lives, for the positive.”
Hannah, who studied civil engineering at the University of Bristol, said: “Follow your interests, keep asking questions and don’t let self-limiting beliefs or cultural preconceptions stop you – I’ve never felt at a disadvantage because I’m a woman whilst working for Network Rail.”
As one of the biggest employers in Wales, Network Rail recognises it has a role to play in inspiring future generations about careers in the engineering sector.
Andy Thomas, route managing director for Network Rail Wales, said: “Rail is vital to economic growth in Wales. We are transforming and modernising the railway as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, to make a bigger and better railway for passengers.
“This involves a huge amount of work here in Wales and this provides a wealth of opportunities for women who want to embark on exciting careers in engineering, like Louise and Hannah. We want to challenge stereotypes and attract more women to join Network Rail, because a more diverse workforce will help us be more innovative in the way we improve railway services for passengers.”