More women recruits needed in science, engineering and technology

A severe shortage of female employees in the science, engineering and technology sectors (SET) has propelled the government to launch a new UK Resource Centre for women.

The centre which is based in Bradford will liaise with British business to maximise the opportunities for professional women in SET. Around £4 million has been poured into the centre which will be a vital element in the government's strategy to reverse the current skills gap in the SET sectors. In recent years the government has consistently increased investment in science, but failure to encourage women to enter the SET sectors and provide good job opportunities has contributed to the current shortfall in employee numbers.

Despite being recognised as a world-leader in science and engineering, the UK has notched up millions in lost revenue to the sector.

Annette Williams, Director of the Resource Centre said that women now make up almost half of the workforce and yet their skills and expertise are not being utilised to the fullest. "It is in the interest of progress, innovation, and economic success that this problem is addressed and that the true potential of women is fostered. Shrewd employers are beginning to recognise this," she said.

Secretary for Trade and Industry Patricia Hewitt welcomed the centre saying it was an integral part of the government effort to recruit more people to the science, engineering and technology sectors.


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