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Transport Minister encourages women to consider a career in engineering

Transport Minister John Hayes met with female engineers at Waterloo Station to mark International Women in Engineering Day.

Mr Hayes visited a number of Network Rail projects to meet  engineers and hear about their experiences in the industry.

International Women in Engineering Day aims to increase the profile of women in engineering and highlight exciting career opportunities available to women in the industry.

Transport Minister John Hayes said: “At a time when we need more skills to make our transport infrastructure the best in the world, just 12% of people in the UK engineering industry are women. This is unacceptable and means we are missing so much talent and so much potential in this crucial field.

“So to meet women who are so enthusiastic about their careers in the transport industry is as inspiring as it is meaningful. Female engineers can and will play a vital role as we deliver unprecedented investment in transport infrastructure over the coming years.

“I am determined to draw on female talent in the transport sector because it is right to attract the best and brightest people. We need more high calibre women to join, and I encourage young women to rise to this challenge; to choose an exciting career in engineering. They will build Britain’s future.”

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