Boeing and Cranfield University inspire female students to ‘Aim High’
July 14, 2017
In support of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2017, Boeing teamed up with Cranfield University to host ‘Aim High’, an all-day engineering careers showcase for young female students.
Held at the University, the event saw leading figures in industry and academia come together to give school girls aged 12 to 18 a taste of careers in engineering, a chance to ask questions of engineers and the opportunity to interact with peers in order to demystify different areas of engineering.
‘Aim High’ formed the centrepiece of a number of activities organised by Boeing as an INWED 2017 sponsor, dedicated to supporting female engineers and proactively engaging young women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) career paths.
Inspirational industry figures from Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Renault F1 and Boeing responded to questions from the students and showed specialist equipment, research kits and hands-on experiments to demonstrate all aspects of the engineering sector, including aerospace, space, motorsport, manufacturing and the environment.
The final session of the day saw female engineers from Boeing, Virgin Atlantic and GKN discuss their careers and give advice to those looking to follow in their footsteps.
“Boeing is committed to ensuring a diverse workforce of talented employees,” said Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland. “Since 2011 Boeing’s direct employment in the UK to support local airline, military and security customers has doubled, to 2,200, and the company is hiring, on average, a new employee per day, many of them female engineers. To ensure Boeing’s pace of growth continues it is essential that the UK develops a pipeline of talent in the engineering sector. Boeing proudly supports International Women in Engineering day and the great work that the Women in Engineering Society is doing to inspire future female innovators.”
The primary goal of ‘Aim High’ was to bring the industry to life for young women in a way that will lead some of them to pursue careers in engineering, by giving them tangible experiences of what Boeing does, allowing them to take part in practical activities that opened up a world beyond the confines of the traditional classroom.
Participation from talented Boeing engineers, as well as other industry leaders, brought tremendous value to the event, and Boeing pledges to continue to act to develop 21st century skills in tomorrow’s innovators as part of the company’s community engagement programme worldwide.