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International Women in Engineering Day

Date: 22 June 2017

Celebrating the achievements of women in engineering.

Celebrating the achievements of women in engineering both nationally and across the globe, International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) returns on 23rd June for the fourth year running. To mark the occasion we will be welcoming a group of students from Leeds University to our Sherburn plant, to share insights and inspiration from some of our own hugely talented female engineers.

Set up in 2014 to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Women’s Engineering Society, this international awareness day focuses attention on the amazing technical and engineering careers available to girls and young women. 

The open day at Sherburn is just one of hundreds of events taking place across the UK and internationally, all with the aim of highlighting positive role models and encouraging future generations to meet their potential. 

As well as touring the facility to get an insight into what it’s like working in a live plant, the student guests will learn about a typical day in the life of an engineer, as Laura Sly, Mill Process Engineer and Rebekah Graham, Chemical Engineer, share some of their experiences. 

Most importantly, however, the students will join British Gypsum staff in a workshop looking at the barriers to women in engineering, so that we can gain some vital understanding about how we, as a business, can help overcome these. We believe that providing a diverse and fulfilling workplace is the key to our future success as a company and supporting the next generation of women engineers is a major part of this. 

To find out more about how you can get involved visit www.inwed.org.uk and to hear about Rebekah's experiences as a graduate at British Gypsum, head over to our careers page.

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