About the award
The YWE award recognises a young woman who has firmly established herself as an energetic and technically excellent professional.
“Only 7% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female.” Source: IET 2013 Skills Survey.
The IET are determined to address the persistent problem in encouraging women into the engineering and IT sectors.
Seeing the best female engineers and technicians recognised and rewarded for their ground-breaking achievements, we believe, is a great way to inspire the next generation of women…
Now in its 38th year, the YWE Awards seek to highlight the achievements of inspiring young women in engineering and encourage others (both young men and women) to enter the profession by highlighting engineering as a worthwhile and exciting career.
Finalists and winners are ideal role models for those considering a career in engineering and through interviews with the media, talking to schools, career conventions, etc., can attract more young people into the sector. Winners and finalists perform an ambassadorial role for the IET, and engineering in general, throughout the year.
The awards also recognise the best young female engineers who have entered the industry through a variety of routes, including the apprentice route. Additional prizes announced at the ceremony include the Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices and the Women's Engineering Society Prize.
How will the winners benefit?
Whilst the prize money is obviously important, the kudos of being the “Young Woman Engineer of the Year” opens many doors including invitations to attend high profile events attended by influential people and offering excellent ‘networking’ opportunities. Many previous winners claim that it “changed their life”.
- All award winners will have the chance to claim her award at a prestigious national ceremony in London, which will be covered by both print and broadcast media
- All award winners will have the opportunity to attend high profile events and meet the most influential people in our industry
- All awards will highlight the winner's achievements to future employers
- The YWE winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for £2,500
- The Mary George Prize for Apprentices Winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for £750
- The Women's Engineering Society Prize winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for £750
It's an amazing opportunity for exceptional young women to get noticed for all the right reasons and to secure long term career success. Here are just some of the opportunities you can expect as the winner of the YWE, Mary George or WES prizes:
- Participating in activities that inspire and engage young people such as the one-day Faraday Challenge Days and the FIRST® LEGO® League competition.
- Being interviewed by journalists
- Participating in volunteer opportunities offered by IET Education Partners / IET Women’s Network / IET Community activities
- Participating in blogs and social media activities
- Speaking at events
- Representing the IET at the highest level
- Networking with other inspirational women in engineering
- Contributing to policy statements and discussions
We often get asked “Are there any benefits for my employer?" The answer is simple – yes there are many benefits...
The Award is considered one of the most high profile engineering accolades and therefore attracts local and national media coverage, both written and broadcast – of which well over 90% includes details of the winner plus details of her company. Those qualifying as finalists (and their companies) also receive extensive media coverage.
If you have any enquiries about the YWE awards 2014, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.