ICWES15 - The Retention and Renewal of Women in Engineering in New Zealand. Presented by Ms Tracey Ayre, New Zealand

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ICWES15 - The Retention and Renewal of Women in Engineering in New Zealand. Presented by Ms Tracey Ayre, New Zealand

  1. 1. The Retention and Renewal of Women in Engineering in New Zealand Tracey Ayre and Elena Trout ICWES15, Adelaide July 2011
  2. 2. Women are under-represented <ul><li>In the profession: 13 % of engineers </li></ul><ul><li>16 % of technicians </li></ul><ul><li>In the IPENZ Membership: 10 % of Members </li></ul><ul><li>In academic institutions: 23 % of students </li></ul>
  3. 3. Women in the IPENZ Membership – A Pipeline Problem
  4. 4. Engineering is missing out
  5. 5. 2010/11 President ’ s Initiative <ul><li>President: </li></ul><ul><li>Recognised the opportunity for the engineering profession to make a difference </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed establishing the Task Force </li></ul>
  6. 6. The WIE Task Force <ul><li>Tasked with establishing a business plan with clear, </li></ul><ul><li>measurable targets. </li></ul><ul><li>The Plan ’ s objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Plan launched March 2011 </li></ul>
  7. 7. IPENZ Vision for WIE <ul><li>As a result of its diversity, engineering is seen as making a highly relevant contribution to New Zealand ’s economic growth and well being. </li></ul><ul><li>The engineering profession is recognised as an employer of the best and brightest . </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering workplaces are diverse and have exemplary employment practices. </li></ul><ul><li>The number of engineers is sustainable in the long term . </li></ul>
  8. 8. Aspirational Targets
  9. 9. What is the value of WIE? <ul><li>Ensures engineering employs the best and brightest </li></ul><ul><li>Increases the number of engineers, reduces the ongoing skill shortage </li></ul><ul><li>Ensures the profession is relevant, representative and competitive </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages future generations into the profession </li></ul>
  10. 10. IPENZ already does some things <ul><li>Schools ’ programme </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development Partner scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Publications/Profiling </li></ul><ul><li>Remuneration Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Research (NEEP) </li></ul><ul><li>Liaison </li></ul>
  11. 11. New actions <ul><li>Body of nominated NZ business leaders overseeing Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Providing call to action and leading change </li></ul><ul><li>Actions proposed in Plan : </li></ul><ul><li>Researching barriers, economic benefits, choices </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating with Engineers Australia and others </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting women through networking events </li></ul>
  12. 12. More new actions <ul><li>Providing leadership programmes for women </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating leadership by IPENZ self-audit </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging culture change through partners and programme for all members of profession </li></ul><ul><li>Recognising women ’ s involvement at the IPENZ Centenary and through IPENZ publications </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring progress against IPENZ Membership figures </li></ul>
  13. 13. Our Success <ul><li>Engineering is a sustainable, diverse profession that the best and brightest are attracted to join and remain in. </li></ul><ul><li>There are enough engineers to meet the demands of the market. </li></ul><ul><li>Practicing women engineers are commonplace. </li></ul>

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