Annual ‘Day at Amey’ event in support of STEM

09 August 2018
Image of school girls in PPE holding a poster.

Our Consulting Team in Liverpool recently hosted its annual ‘Day at Amey’ event for a group of Year 10 female students. Having taken place each year since 2015, the day gives school pupils the opportunity to join our Design Team and see what we do.

Research has suggested that the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe.61% of engineering employers say a recruitment of engineering and technical staff with the right skills is a barrier to business. With this is in mind our Consulting Team wants to: “actively encourage girls to consider engineering as a career and one of the ways of doing this is to help schools improve their career advice service to students”.

This year the event was held on 11th July and tied in to support the annual National Women in Engineering Day as only 11% of all engineers are female. The team welcomed 12 students from St Julie’s Catholic Girls School in Woolton as they learned about civil engineering through a series of fun activities and presentations.

The feedback from the students was really encouraging because they thoroughly enjoyed the day and activities and some are now even considering engineering as a career.

Project Director, Sonia Smith, Liverpool Design Hub said, “Workshops like this help to dismiss the myth that all engineering is a male-dominated and dirty profession. Students are given the opportunity to view our smart design office in the Matchworks and can see first-hand the schemes we design such as reworking of Liverpool City Centre which is ideal for them in choosing their future career paths and reinforces our value of putting people first by working in the local community”.