Focus on women in science and engineering as school girls visit water treatment works

School girls from Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield were inspired by women working in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) last week to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day.

We hosted free education sessions to show almost 300 Year 6 and 7 pupils what we have to offer to female pupils who would like to pursue careers in areas in which women have traditionally been under-represented.

We supported the 4th annual National Women in Engineering Day on 23 June by hosting eight sessions at Headingley Water Treatment Works in Leeds to try to boost the numbers of skilled female engineers working in the water sector.

The sessions were very interactive, with pupils encouraged to question our female colleagues, including some who work in operational roles, about their experiences.

The school girls were then given a guided tour of Headingley Water Treatment Works where they discovered how water is cleaned and how we supply our customers with a constant supply of fresh drinking water.

Jodie Williams, Talent Adviser at Yorkshire Water and who organised the sessions said, “We want to inspire female students in primary school and Year 7 to consider careers in engineering, science, technology and maths.

“We really hope that these sessions will encourage female students to think about these roles when they are beginning high school and when they choose their optional subjects a few years down the line.

“This is just one of the many activities we are doing to make Yorkshire Water is accessible to all. Our aim to be inclusive and as diverse as the community we serve.”

Morley and Outwood MP Andrea Jenkyns also celebrated National Women in Engineering Day on Friday (23 June) with a visit around the new storm tanks at Stanley treatment works on Water Lane in Stanley, Wakefield. You can read about the visit here.