Just three weeks until the National Women in Engineering Day – how to get involved

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Here at Develop3D we like to champion our female engineers

In just three weeks on 23 June it’s the National Women in Engineering Day (NWED), organised by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary.

The idea behind NWED is to encourage all groups (governmental, educational, corporate, professional engineering institutions and other organisations) to organise their own events in support of the day.

One of SolidWorks resellers, NT CADCAM, is getting involved in the celebration by teaming up with Wiltshire College, which is supported by the Engineering Innovation Network – South West (EIN-SW), to launch a Dragon’s Den style competition exclusively for women.
The challenge goes out to all budding female design engineers to submit their most creative ideas to a prestigious panel of judges. The most viable entries will be shortlisted in early August and developed with the support of the new Wiltshire 3D Enterprise Centre, Wiltshire College’s new CAD Centre and EIN-SW. 

“There are almost 20,000 female engineers in the UK, with almost 400 working in a design engineering role. We hope this competition will inspire even more women to make their bright ideas commercial realities,” says Haydn Earl, EIN-SW project manager.

The organisers are looking for ideas which could be manufactured, are tangible and commercial. They do not need to be at the design or prototype stage and need only be submitted as a proposal.


Entries open on National Women in Engineering Day (23 June) and close on 31 July. The winners will be showcased at an event in October. To submit your entry {encode=”EINSW@wiltshire.ac.uk ” title=”email”}

For other organisations or individuals who’d like to get involved, WES has put together a resource pack.

For instance school teachers, who are essentially the caretakers of our next generation of female engineers, can download resource packs free of charge and use in the classroom.

If you’re an employer of female engineers, perhaps you could open your doors to local school children and parents, with an emphasis on encouraging girls to attend. Or if you’re a female engineer yourself, why not approach your local school and offer to speak ago help encourage more girls into engineering.

If you are getting involved in the NWED celebrations, let us know!

Part of the resource pack for schools include stickers like these

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