The IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2016 - Inspire, Inform, Influence, Invited – Celebrate the women who will shape the future


Headline sponsors



Sponsorship of this award allows your company the opportunity to address the shortage of female engineers, show support in diversity recruitment and gender equality, and actively recruit female engineers.


Our sponsorship packages offer a credible platform on which your company can show support of women in the workplace and that our industry and you organisation offer fantastic career opportunities for young women.


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Headline sponsors for 2018


BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, our advanced defence technology protects people and national security, and keeps critical information and infrastructure secure.

We search for new ways to provide our customers with a competitive edge across the air, maritime, land and cyber domains.

We employ a skilled workforce of 83,100 people in over 40 countries, and work closely with local partners to support economic development by transferring knowledge, skills and technology.

Boeing (logo)  


The partnership between Boeing and the UK continues to get stronger and deeper, with UK jobs, skills and opportunities being constantly generated to support major UK programmes such as Apache, Chinook, C-17, P-8A, ScanEagle, Support Chain Information Services and Staffordshire Police, to mention a few. 

Our workforce includes interns, graduates, reservists, special constables and ex-servicemen alongside our other highly skilled staff. We train and invest in our people and work closely with suppliers, universities and our business partners, helping to support thousands of high-value British jobs.

For over 100 years, Boeing has been making the impossible, possible. From producing a single canvas-and-wood aeroplane to transforming how we fly over oceans and into space, Boeing has become the world’s largest aerospace company and a leading manufacturer of commercial aeroplanes and defence, space and security systems. And we’re just getting started - especially in the UK.

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We deliver energy products and services around the world. From finding, developing and producing oil and gas resources, to refining, manufacturing and selling related products directly to customers and on the world’s markets, we keep the world moving.

Our challenge for the future is to balance environmental and climate change concerns with the fact that oil and gas will still play a big role. So, we are continually looking to develop innovative ways of lowering emissions, while meeting the world's growing energy needs.

It takes a diverse group of talented people to help us create real change. From engineers, automotive experts, geoscientists and chemists to accountants, analysts, technologists and traders. However, with women only accounting for 9% of the professional engineering workforce worldwide, there is still much to be done when it comes to diversifying the energy industry.

We are immensely proud to be a headline sponsor of The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards. The admirable efforts being made to increase inclusivity represents something that deserves the full support of the energy community. It’s through the impact of initiatives like these that more female talent can thrive, building a diverse future workforce capable of meeting the challenges of a changing world.

This partnership is a great addition to our own commitment to fostering new talent. Graduates on our two or three-year programmes gain a full range of skills and experience. While paid 11-week and year-long internships offer hands-on business experience to undergraduates or postgraduates who are about to start the final year of their degree or PhD.

Our diverse and inclusive environment focuses on teamwork, respect and ambition as much as academic achievements. And safety is a priority, as we develop the energy of tomorrow. To find out what life as a BP intern or graduate is really like, go to our website and hear from the people who live it.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

The CAA is the UK's civil aviation regulator.

Its activities include: making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards; preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency; planning and regulating all UK airspace; and regulating airports, air traffic services and airlines and providing advice on aviation policy.

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Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP)

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, employing some 3,800 people across England, Scotland and Wales at manufacturing sites, offices and depots.

We are proud to be sponsoring the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards, which align closely with our core values. We are committed to creating opportunities for all and making sure that our organisation reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate, so encouraging an inclusive culture is a top priority for us.

We have developed recruitment, apprenticeship and graduate programmes that seek to address the gender gap within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers and aim to attract more diverse talent into all levels of our business. We are committed to further boosting gender diversity in the business with an aspiration for a minimum of 50% female representation in leadership and management positions in Great Britain by 2025. Our Women in Leadership programme also offers an important platform for female talent to build our leadership pipeline.

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Terrorism. Drug-smuggling. Arms dealing. Cybercrime. Money laundering. A woman’s work is never done.

You might think the world of intelligence and security services is a male-orientated world. Not so. It’s important for us to fully reflect Britain’s population, which means we’re fully committed to diversity and the different perspectives it brings to our work. Women are under-represented in technical and engineering roles.

So if you’re looking for a genuinely interesting career with outstanding development potential, consider GCHQ. Using some of the world’s most powerful technology, we work alongside MI5 and MI6 in helping counter threats to Britain.

Based in Cheltenham, ours is a highly technical environment, and we recruit graduates from all disciplines into entry level roles in a huge range of technical and engineering functions. While the work is totally unique, the skills and professional qualifications you gain will be industry standard, and transferable. Everyone benefits from personalised training, mentoring and shadowing.



GSK are extremely proud to be sponsoring the IET YWE Awards.  The highly coveted awards not only highlight the fantastic achievements of female engineers but brings to life the fantastic purpose of STEM careers and the difference people in STEM make everyday.

At GSK it is our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products in our three world-leading businesses: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. We have a significant global presence with commercial operations in more than 150 markets, a network of 86 manufacturing sites in 36 countries and large R&D centres in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China.  Our powerful combination of skills and resources provide the platform for delivering strong growth and the platform for responding quickly to the rapidly changing global healthcare environment.

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Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security.

Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees working at some 180 offices and industrial plants worldwide. Leonardo has a consolidated industrial presence in four domestic markets (Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland) as well as strategic partnerships in the most important high potential international markets.

Our products and capabilities range from manufacturing world-leading helicopters, the design and integration of radars, avionics and advanced targeting systems, the provision of secure communications and cyber security solutions through to development of cutting-edge optronics that sees us support sectors as diverse as defence, documentaries and sports. 

Leonardo’s growth in the UK is the result of the skills, energy and dedication of our people. We are committed to equal opportunity and offering personal fulfilment through the highest quality education and development.



MBDA was formed in December 2001 following a merger of France, Italy and the UK's leading missile systems organisations. The restructuring of the European industry was completed with the acquisition of German Firm EASDA/LFK in March 2006, cementing MBDA's position as an industry-leader within the defence sector.

Our combined experience of over 50 years provides us with the capability of designing, developing and producing missile systems to meet the operational requirements of the three armed forces - land, sea and air. In total, MBDA offers a range of 45 products in service with another 15 currently in development.

We are looking for the most talented people to join us in developing world leading defence capabilities for our home countries and their allies.

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Network Rail

Network Rail are proud to be supporting the IET Young Women Engineer of the Year awards and we are committed to increasing our female workforce. We are a company where every individual is able to succeed and is encouraged to reach their full potential within a culture that promotes diversity, inclusion and mutual respect.

Our rail network is the fastest growing and safest in Europe. But we still have work to do to create a railway fit for 21st century Britain.

We’re investing more than £25bn in developing our infrastructure so that we can deliver more services and better journeys. This is the largest programme of sustained investment in the railway that Britain has ever seen, presenting an abundance of opportunities for ambitious and enthusiastic people like you to make an impact.

Britain’s railway does more than transport passengers and goods. It brings people and businesses closer together, which creates new jobs, opens up new markets and stimulates economic growth. Rail is vital to Britain's future.

We know that fulfilling our vision will not be easy. But that’s where you come in!

  Ofcom (logo)  


Ofcom is the regulator of the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications, wireless and postal communications services.

The communications sectors are among the most fast-moving in the world, introducing innovative new technologies that can transform our lives. Sitting in the middle of this extraordinary activity is Ofcom.

We tangle with hot topics such as understanding the impact of new technology and the utilisation and protection of scarce spectrum. Engineers play a central role in supporting Ofcom's strategic direction, influencing national and international regulatory policy for spectrum, promoting competition and innovation - all of which are vital to the UK economy. Ofcom is right at the heart of the communications industries and you can be part of it too.

We’re really proud to be sponsoring the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards, which recognise outstanding female engineers in the UK. One of our main aims is to attract and retain top quality people, who are the best in their field and we are looking for talented female engineers and technologists to join us.

Ofcom is a dynamic place to work, offering employees the opportunity to combine high-level and intellectually challenging work in a rewarding environment. We are open to and support a range of flexible working practices to enable colleagues to balance their home and work lives. We have a competitive maternity scheme which supports employees before, during and after their maternity leave.

We provide compelling and competitive benefits, such as childcare vouchers, health checks, and a range of insurance. We have an active community volunteering programme, and we actively encourage colleagues to support the local community.

We’re looking for the best people that want to be part of the fast-paced communications sector.

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Royal Air Force

Royal Air Force is proud to announce their sponsorship of the highly coveted and prestigious IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2011.

The awards recognise the very best female engineers which the UK has to offer, highlighting the achievements of women in science, engineering and technology.

The RAF is keen to promote women and Engineering Excellence as these skills are an intrinsic part of many different careers within the RAF.

By raising awareness of the accomplishments of women engineers, The RAF can ensure that they continue their tradition of being at the peak of the engineering profession.

Royal Mail  

Royal Mail

Royal Mail is extremely proud to be sponsoring the IET YWE Awards, which recognises exceptional female engineers in the UK. Our chief executive, Moya Greene, said: ‘Supporting and empowering women is making a real difference to our business’.

Royal Mail is fully committed to gender equality in the workplace and we are passionate about our people.

We process 60 million items each day across our 38 Mail Centres and to deliver each one of those items and meet our customers’ needs we have invested in state of the art automation processing technology. To maintain and continually improve that technology we have a dedicated team of professional engineers.

Our award winning apprenticeship programme is accredited by the IET to EngTech level. Our apprentices and graduates are among the highest performing and best paid in engineering disciplines in the country and have been named Employer of the Year by our training partner.

Royal Navy  

Royal Navy

During times of conflict or peace, the Royal Navy is key to the prosperity of Britain and the stability of the high seas.

Whether it is protecting our economy, providing humanitarian assistance or preventing conflict, the Royal Navy has always been a deeply technological and diverse service, and never more so than today.

Welcoming the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers into service with their fifth-generation jets or renewing much of the Fleet and Royal Marines brigade, technology and people are vital to delivering our operational output.

Women across the Royal Navy serve in demanding yet rewarding positions and any young woman looking to the service as a career choice will have the opportunity to develop their potential.

The Royal Navy is an energetic advocate of gender equality across all areas and is proud to celebrate and recognise women in engineering.


RS Components

RS Components is the global distributor for engineers. RS supports engineers across all disciplines with an extensive range of electronics and industrial products and services, free software and information resources that save time and expense through the design process.

RS gives engineers back their time by reducing the tediousness of day-to-day tasks, so they can focus on the fun stuff; the big new ideas and innovations that will become common-place in tomorrow’s world.

With operations in 32 countries, RS offers more than 500,000 products to over one million customers, shipping around 50,000 parcels a day. The company’s products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.


Spirit Energy

Spirit Energy, formed in 2017, is among the top independent oil and gas operators in north-west Europe.

Our team of more than 700 people work together to tap into reserves across the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark, overseeing production of 50million barrels of oil equivalent per year while working out how to develop reserves and resources in the pipeline amounting to more than 600million barrels.

Our vision is to create an independent and sustainable oil and gas business, and we’re investing up to £600million a year in our portfolio to maximise the potential of our existing assets, work with our partners to bring exciting new developments on stream and maintain an absolute commitment to safety in everything we do.


Teledyne e2v

At Teledyne e2v, we believe in championing diversity in the workplace and are working hard to attract new talent. We’re proud to sponsor this year’s IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards. With women in engineering roles representing 14.7% of our workforce, we are committed to increasing this figure over the coming years.

Teledyne e2v offers technical, engineering and financial apprenticeship schemes and works closely with local colleges and universities to deliver BTEC (Business and Technology Council), HNC (Higher National Certificate) and degree level positions.

Teledyne e2v employs approximately 1750 people worldwide, has design and operational facilities across Europe, North America and Asia, and has a global network of sales and technical support offices.


Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)

WMG, at the University of Warwick, has an international reputation for collaborative R&D and world class education.

We connect industry with academia, working together to solve both business and technical challenges  through our unique multidisciplinary approach to innovation.

We push the boundaries for science and technology-driven businesses, where we enable the transfer of knowledge into new areas that make a real impact on society and the economy.

Over the past 36 years we’ve built up a reputation for delivering  diverse projects across a range of industry sectors, and have forged strong relationships with over 1,000 companies around the world.

Our education programmes develop a skills base through the career pathway, from undergraduate to professional programmes.

Informed by our latest research, and that of industry, our programmes maintain a vital relevance to the global market place.


Wiley Engineering

Learn - Innovate - Solve.

In a dynamic, inventive, changing world, research and knowledge evolve to provide answers to the challenges society faces.

Wiley provides online tools, journals, books, databases, reference works in every major academic, scientific and professional field, providing solutions to improve outcomes in research, education and professional practice.

We partner with authors and societies to support the Engineering research community in finding new ways to shape a better future.

Wiley publishes journals in Mechanical, Numerical, Structural, Electrical, Industrial and Software Engineering, including prestigious titles such as International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, and Progress in Photovoltaics.

We proudly partner with societies including the IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education), INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) and ASIST (Association for Information Science and Technology) amongst others.

To shape a better future the world needs Engineers. In support of raising the profile of Engineering as a career choice for women as well as men, Wiley are proud to announce their sponsorship of the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards.

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nucleargraduates is a unique two year graduate development programme where extraordinary individuals get their career in the UK nuclear industry off to a flying start.

A ground-breaking programme created by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in 2007 and sponsored by Sellafield Ltd, Rolls-Royce, Jacobs, International Nuclear Services and the Office for Nuclear Regulation amongst others, designed to develop graduates with an awareness of the technical, political and commercial challenges facing the industry.

Through the nucleargraduates programme, you will gain a broad experience of the industry from working at three different organisations as part of a diverse, inter-disciplinary group of graduates who collaborate with and support one another, before re-joining your sponsoring organisation to continue your career and professional development. 

With the help of your dedicated mentor you will build your own, bespoke, training plan and as you progress through the programme and beyond to chartership through remarkable, specially designed experiences, at home and potentially abroad.  You will have your own training budget, to spend on your specific development needs. No two nucleargraduates journeys are the same.

On top of this, you will spend 10% of your time with us on Footprints, our corporate social responsibility programme. You will have the opportunity to become a STEM ambassador, passing on your knowledge and enthusiasm to the next generation of engineers and scientists. You will establish a start-up company, developing your commercial awareness and growing your appreciation of the challenges faced by a small business. You will work with local community projects, meeting inspirational individuals. 

For graduates with strong problem solving ability, flexibility and communication skills this is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate your career inside one of the most talked about and least understood, stable and secure industries in the world.

Find out more about our range of exciting opportunities and apply at

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Delegate bag sponsor


Canal and River Trust

As a Waterway and Wellbeing Trust, we believe that living waterways transform places and enrich lives; securing their future will improve the wellbeing of our nation.

Our engineers play a critical role in helping us achieve this vision: from maintaining our assets in innovative ways to preserving our heritage for the communities, we need engineers from various background such as mechanical and electrical, bridge, geotechnics, construction and civil.

We want to sponsor this Award because we believe that our future talent will come from a diverse community, and we want to make sure women are not underrepresented in the critical and exciting engineering world.

As an employer of choice, we value flexibility, inclusivity and a supportive environment; this is why some of our young female talent are also entering the competition to demonstrate the competitive skills and experience they are gaining with us.

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