EDF launches its first energy day
A host of budding engineers gathered at the London Eye yesterday to take part in the launch of EDF's annual energy day.
The energy firm, part of the Warm Home Discount Scheme, invited a number of engineers to the event, with a particular emphasis on the Women in Engineering initiative - which focusses on encouraging more women into the trade.
Industry figures suggest that only six per cent of those in the engineering workforce in 2012 were female; a figure which hasn't changed in over five years according to a study from the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
EDF Energy chief people officer, Janet Hogben, said its energy day acted as a showcase, with the aim of attracting the best people to work for the firm by showing what it had to offer them, whilst also giving people the opportunity to discuss matters with the company.
She said: "Energy day is also about putting engineering back on the map, tackling the gender gap and making people realise that in tough economic times this is an expanding sector that is going to need quality recruits for years to come."
Women in Engineering Society president, Milada Williams, said: "â€œThis is a great new initiative from EDF Energy. We need to continue to raise the profile of engineering as a fantastic career for women."
A wide range of undergraduates from universities including Bath, Cambridge and Leicester attended the day.
In France, EDF has been holding a similar event since 2007.
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