Some of the key findings from the report include:
51% of the population of primary school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is female, however, significant numbers are lost at each stage of education and career progression meaning that only around 5% of senior engineering roles are held by women.
Only 7.8% of professional engineers are from (BAME) backgrounds.
There are many groups working towards the goal of improving EDI in engineering but there is a lack of collaboration. Groups and organisations need to cooperate better.
There is generally a focus on ‘diversity’ and a lack of attention given to ‘equality’ and ‘inclusion’.
A focus on intersectionality is important and a ‘one size fits all’ approach will not work.