Leading Welsh manufacturer Sony UK Technology Centre is calling on a new generation of manufacturing champions to “embrace exciting engineering careers” in 2019.
Jessica Leigh Jones, an Engineer at the Pencoed-based facility, which produces high-specification HD broadcast cameras for worldwide distribution, urged young women and men to lead the way in exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degrees, apprenticeships, and careers this year.
Its call to the younger generation comes as figures from the Wise Campaign revealed that the number of women occupying core STEM roles increased to almost one million for the first time in 2018.
This was up 22% from the 864,278 females in science-based roles in the previous year, the figures showed.
Most encouragingly, the findings revealed that the number of female engineering professionals also increased by 25% last year, which brings the total number of female engineers to nearly 58,000 - more than double the number there were in 2013.
Speaking out as part of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science initiative, which aims to recognise the vital contribution of women in the STEM community, Sony UK TEC urged both women and men to step up and lead the way in relation to engineering careers this year.
Gerald Kelly, Sony UK TEC Director of Professional Services said: “The figures surrounding women in STEM roles are fantastic news and we hope to continue to see greater female inclusion in engineering and manufacturing positions over the next 12 months.
“We have definitely seen an increase in both talented women and men applying to work for us over the past few years, and the increased inclusion of both can only be a positive addition for the manufacturing industry as a whole going forwards.
“It is vital that as a manufacturing leader we can continue to be progressive and innovative, and we believe that a new generation of passionate engineers is the key to achieving this.
“We would urge everyone, whether they are at college, university, or in the world of work, to embrace exciting engineering careers and the opportunities they create.
“Sony UK TEC has so much to offer to all applicants looking for a rewarding, long-lasting, and enriching career, and we pride ourselves on being a highly inclusive and diverse facility.
“We are currently searching for our latest intake of apprentices to join our in-house Apprenticeship Scheme, so if you are looking to start a fulfilling career, sign up today!”
Sony UK TEC has launched its latest Apprenticeship Scheme recruitment drive, with applicants having until February 28th to apply. Applicants require a minimum of 5 GCSEs, including a B or above in Maths, and Cs or above in Science and English.
To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit http://www.sonypencoed.co.uk/apprenticeship-programme-1/ for more information.
To further their professional career, young people are often faced with the difficult decision of whether to pursue a purely academic path, such as university, or instead choose to blend experience and knowledge through an apprenticeship scheme.