Howden, a Chart Industries company, a leading innovator in the engineering and manufacturing industry, hosted an inspiring school visit at their manufacturing facility to celebrate International Women In Engineering Day (INWED) yesterday. The national campaign, which takes place today, on 23rd June, aims to support and encourage female representation in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) sector. The visit aimed to inspire young girls and cultivate their interest in engineering and manufacturing, highlighting the vast opportunities available to them in these fields.
The event, held in collaboration with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) and local schools, was a resounding success, with Howden welcoming over fifty first year students who were eager to explore the world of engineering. The visit served as a powerful platform to promote gender diversity and shatter the stereotypes associated with traditionally male-dominated industries.
During the visit, the students were immersed in a dynamic learning experience, providing them with a first-hand glimpse into the innovative processes and cutting-edge technologies that drive Howden’s success. The pupils had the unique opportunity to interact with accomplished female engineers and manufacturing professionals who shared their personal stories, triumphs, and challenges, emphasising the remarkable achievements possible in the STEM field.
Through engaging presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and informative workshops, Howden sought to ignite the spark of curiosity in these young minds, encouraging them to explore and consider pursuing careers in engineering and manufacturing. The aim was to demonstrate that gender should never be a barrier to success in these fields and that diverse perspectives and talents are vital for driving innovation and progress.
Calum Sharp, Vice President of Howden Compressors said: “We firmly believe that diversity is the key to unlocking innovation and driving progress in the engineering and manufacturing sectors. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to inspire these young females and show them that their talents and aspirations have a place in STEM. By encouraging and supporting female diversity, we hope to create a more inclusive and dynamic industry for future generations."
As a company dedicated to fostering a culture of equality and inclusivity, Howden remains committed to actively promoting female representation in STEM fields. The commitment is realised through a 50/50 gender split recruitment strategy. This, combined with initiatives like the recent school visit, aims to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and pave the way for a more diverse and vibrant future in engineering and manufacturing.