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RS sponsorship supports women in engineering

RS sponsors Young Woman Engineer of the Year award

RS Components has announced that it is sponsoring the 2011 Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award.

The award is presented to the best female engineer under the age of 30 working in the UK today. Additional prizes include the Mary George Memorial Prize for apprentices and the Women's Engineering Society Prize, which is awarded to a graduate engineer.

The accolades have been established to celebrate the achievements of young women in engineering and inspire others to enter the profession. The winners will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony taking place on Thursday 1st December at IET London, Savoy Place.

Jon Hull, Head of Resourcing at RS Components comments, "Our ongoing support of this award reflects our objective of promoting women in this sector and recognising some of the outstanding talent already out there. We are keen to support the future talent in what is clearly a growing industry."

The IET's survey of engineering and technology companies found that only 10% of engineering apprentices, 4% of engineering technicians and 5% of professional engineers currently working in industry are female.

The IET, in partnership with others, is pursuing a range of measures to increase the number of women in engineering, including the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award.

Chris Shaw

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