Engineers Ireland’s Engineering 2018 report has found that just 16% of engineering graduates are women, with the overall ratio currently just one woman to eight men in the engineering profession.

Bridging the gender gap continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing the profession, notes Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland has noted that one of the biggest challenges facing the profession continues to be bridging the gender gap. “With just 12% of engineering professionals in Ireland currently female, women very much remain an untapped resource in the sector.

“Most of society’s biggest challenges will require interdisciplinary solutions and the combined mind-power of women and men working together. It is very much in the engineering profession’s interests that we better bridge this gender gap to harness the abundance of skills that are now the hallmark of our female graduates.”

Engineers Ireland is a leading advocate for STEM education and engineering career pathways through its STEPS programme. For more information and to get involved, visit: www.steps.ie