Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

Semcon Initiative for more Women as Engineers

In a new survey, half of the young women who want to study technology say that they lack female role models. With a mentoring programme for high schools and the browser extension Re-Search, technology company Semcon hopes to stimulate broader perspectives in the industry.

The need for more women in the technology industry is great all over the world – both to increase diversity and to cover the demand for labour. At the same time, technology courses and companies that focus on engineering are dominated by men.

 

New survey: Every second young woman lacks role models

In a survey conducted in Sweden (Inizio/Semcon), seven out of ten young women indicated that role models are important when choosing their future course and career. Every second respondent who plans to study technology said that they currently lack female role models.

“Many young people do not realise what a big impact you can have on society as an engineer. Today, the majority of the technology around us is developed by men. We want more women to see themselves as engineers, which is why we developed a new search function,” says Markus Granlund, President and CEO of Semcon.

 

Re-Search: The browser extension that makes image searches more gender balanced

Images are important to our perception of what we can become, and the internet is the starting place for many young people. In a move to show more role models, Semcon has developed Re-Search, a browser extension that provides a more balanced picture of the different professions. When you perform an image search for a profession such as “engineer” with the Re-Search, a parallel search is automatically conducted where images of women, which would otherwise end up far down the page, are highlighted and presented in a new window.

At present, 60 professions are represented and more can be added as Re-Search is an open source solution where people can suggest additional professions.

 

Inspiration with mentoring programme for high schools

Without other people who show the way, Semcon believes that it is difficult to seriously balance the proportion of men and women engineers. Therefore, the company is now starting a mentoring programme that will initially encompass 30 high schools around Sweden. The programme includes lectures and targeted mentoring of female engineers at Semcon and mentees in classes. The goal is to answer questions and support the students’ ambition to move forward in a technical education.

Associated companies:


Related news

Latest news

Record prices generate record operating profit

In Q1 2017 Lerøy Seafood Group (LSG) reported operating profit

New Land Based Contract

AKVA group secures new Land Based contract with Midtnork Havbruk

Offshore Wind Energy 2017, London

Oglaend System will exhibit at the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 from 6.-8. June at ExCel London. Visit us at stand N-K30.

Closed at May 17th

Seacat Liberty (YN 81) has been launched

Seacat Services latest fleet addition, Seacat Liberty, was launched May 12th, 2017.

DNV GL starts Joint Industry Project to improve assessment of site condition data for offshore wind farms

DNV GL invites industry partners to start a Joint Industry Project (JIP)..

AKVA group ASA: 1Q 2017 financial reporting

Good market activity across all regions...

Meet us at Elfack during the week

Elfack 2017 kicks off today! Meet us at stand C01:21 during the week.

New country of origin mark for Norwegian seafood

The Norwegian Seafood Council are today launching a new country of origin mark for Norwegian seafood,