Following reports that only 11 per cent of the UK’s engineering and technology workforce are women, NATS opened its doors to a potential next generation of female engineers for a ‘Bring Your Daughter to Work Day’.
Around 40 students, aged between 13-18, had the chance to meet air traffic control engineers and enjoy a day of interactive talks, tours and activities aimed at helping them discover more about a possible career in engineering.
The event, held on July 26, was part of NATS’ Early Careers recruitment scheme, that aims to inspire the next generation of female engineers and technicians by raising awareness of STEM-related career paths in the aviation industry. Employees from two of NATS sites (Whiteley and Swanwick) were able to invite either a daughter, female family member or friend to work for the day.
Katie Foster, Head of People Services for NATS, said: “After the great success of this event last year we were really excited to do it again. It’s important for young girls and women to feel confident taking up a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related industries – and this event is our way of helping them do that.
“By inspiring and engaging with them from a young age, we hope NATS can encourage them to think more about their career options and the opportunities available to them.”
“Growing our talent pipeline is hugely important to our future success, so we hope the day gave them an insight into what a future career in STEM can offer and particularly the fantastic opportunities that exist within NATS.”
NATS’ Prestwick centre will also be hosting their own Bring Your Daughter to Work Day on 10 October.