VINCI Airports inspiring gender-perception shift on engineering careers in London Gatwick
VINCI Airports’ commitment to gender diversity is in the spotlight in London, with the “Mothers and Daughters Engineering Day” at London Gatwick airport. This initiative is linked to a wider push by Government, industry and the education sector to encourage the take up of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related subjects and provides exclusive insight into engineering careers to encourage both mothers and daughters to work in the industry and change their view on women in engineering.
Gatwick works with STEM Learning to coordinate a wide range of initiatives to encourage the take up of STEM subjects and partners with Millais – an all-girls school - in Horsham - who we are running the mothers and daughters event - to promote a shift from gender-biased perceptions of engineering jobs and encourage them to consider a STEM career path.
“Behind-the-scene” discovery of the airports’ facilities and technologies used in airports’ operations and field feedback from Liberty Franklin, a female engineering apprentice at Gatwick, aimed at displaying the practical side of engineering, promote the diversity of engineering careers the airport has to offer and highlight the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.
London Gatwick also recently announced that it is partnering with 20 local schools to engage pupils with engineering and promote career pathways and employability on a 3-year scheme. Diversity promotion and local positive impact initiatives reflect VINCI Airports’ commitment to engage with local communities in the territories in which it operates to deliver a lasting positive impact across the larger community.