Capgemini sponsors IET Young Woman Engineer the Year Awards

Capgemini sponsors IET Young Woman Engineer the Year Awards

 November 10, 2021

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As part of its commitment to advancing women's STEM careers, Capgemini has sponsored the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer the Year Awards (YWE).

Finalists for the award work in a variety of important and exciting areas of engineering.

Providing scholarships and educational opportunities for engineers

Launched in 1978, Young Woman Engineer the Year Awards was originally known as the Girl Technician of the Year, but was changed to the Young Woman Engineer of the Year in 1988.

The YWE award was originally sponsored by the Caroline Haslett Memorial Trust, which provided scholarships and other educational opportunities for women seeking or already pursuing careers in electronic, electrical or mechanical engineering. Dame Caroline Haslett (1895-1957) was the first Secretary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) out of which grew the Electrical Association for Women (EAW) and Dame Caroline was appointed its Director and Secretary. Through the Association she encouraged the use of power in the home believing that electricity was the real emancipator of women.

The Trust was formed in 1945 to commemorate the 21st anniversary of EAW and after Dame Caroline’s death it became a memorial to her. The Trust funds are now exhausted, but the IET continues to support the Young Woman of the Year Award.

Celebrating the very best engineers in the industry

Young Woman Engineer the Year Awards celebrate a dynamic young engineer who represents the very best of the profession.

A high achiever, a problem solver and a team player, she is an inspiration to her colleagues and, just as importantly, has the charisma and personality to inspire others to follow in her footsteps.

For nomination, an engineer has to meet the following criteria set by the IET:

  • Experience of leadership: 
    Has led a small team or group of individuals to achieve a goal, this can be voluntary work, at university or at work. 
  • Experience of team working:
    The applicant must have experience of working with others; this does not have to be in a leadership role.
  • Professional commitment:
    Evidence to show commitment to a medium term project or role.

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