In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day 2019, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) has announced the winners of the Top 50 Women in Engineering: Current and Former Apprentices (WE50). Now in its fourth year, the WE50 continues to showcase the extensive female talent across the sector, this year focusing on women currently serving as apprentices or those who have previously undertaken an apprenticeship.
The 2019 awards attracted a large number of high-quality nominations from a broad range of industries. Perdi Williams was nominated for the impact she has created in her work on helping to redefine the kilogram. She has been extremely involved in NPL’s outreach events explaining the redefinition of the kilogram and encouraging young people into science and engineering. She is passionate about helping girls and young women into engineering roles: “I think it is important to encourage all young people in engineering because no one came to me when I was at school and told me I could be a scientist or an engineer. I just want more encouragement and transparency because it can be quite intimidating.” Perdi started her career in 2015 as a junior NPL apprentice and is now a well-respected Research Scientist, having been consistently recognised for her work at NPL in multiple disciplines.
Perdi said: “The WE50 campaign is working closely WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and that is raising the profile of female engineers and scientists. It really does make a difference because seeing a picture of 50 women who work in engineering who are all different is very relatable.” Read our full interview with Perdi.
The WE50 were judged by a panel of industry experts and head judge, Dawn Fitt, commented: “As a former Engineering Technician Apprentice, it has been a pleasure to see first-hand the fantastic achievements of both current and former apprentices. This is particularly heartening given the push to increase the number of apprenticeships within the UK. I believe that this year’s list showcases the career opportunities for any woman wanting to pursue an engineering apprenticeship.”
The WE50 awards take place each year to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on 23 June, a day endorsed by UNESCO patronage since 2016. The 2019 WE50 winners have been published in a Guardian newspaper supplement, 24 June 2019.
View full list of the WE50 winners
24 Jun 2019