The UK workforce is made up of 46% women, however in STEM related industries (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) women are less than 16% of the workforce and only 8% of engineers are women.
Only 7% of parents encourage their daughters to pursue engineering careers, according to the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
In the same research, after being provided with more information about the engineering career opportunities, 50% more parents would encourage their daughters to pursue this career, and 90% more girls would consider it.
The shift occurs between GCSE and A-level through the subject choices the girls make at school. At 14, many girls have ruled themselves out already (Kiwana et al 2011).