In celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March, consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari has announced its commitment to partner with WomEng, a non-profit organisation (NPO) to assist women in engineering throughout their career pipeline.
“Zutari believes that to create a diverse workforce, we must invest in providing structures and networks outside of our organisation that support female engineers from when they register at tertiary intuitions to the time they enter the workplace,” says chief marketing and communication officer Zipporah Maubane.
Only 6% of registered professional engineers are women, according to the 2021 Annual Report of the Engineering Council of South Africa. This compares to 23% of the registered candidate engineers being women. Increasingly, female STEM talent is entering the industry, but the numbers significantly lag behind demographics.
Zutari will coordinate the participation of their graduate intake in the GirlEng programme by sharing real workplace experience with high school and university students. “Graduates who recently joined us will become Zutari ambassadors and participate in a community where they take charge of sharing their experiences and stories, thereby giving back to their younger selves,” says Zipporah.
Other WomEng programmes that Zutari will sponsor include the GirlEng Technovation bootcamps for top performing high school students from underprivileged communities who are interested in engineering. Students are pooled from the various high schools where WomEng has partnerships.
The two-day bootcamps actively encourage students to pursue engineering at tertiary institutions by exposing them to female engineers who share what it is like to work in an engineering firm such as Zutari.
The WomEng Fellowship is a pre-graduate programme targeting university students already studying engineering and who are about to graduate. The students are enrolled in an eight-month programme designed to empower them with workplace skills such as networking, pitching and formulating ideas. This programme immerses students in the real world of work, preparing them to be up and running from the first day they are hired.
An example of a successful WomEng graduate working at Zutari is Asset Management Consultant Biance Huysamen, a data analyst and modeller. “I was excited for us to become involved with WomEng as I was one of their fellows and am part of that community. WomEng is one of the main reasons I ended up working at Zutari.”
“WomEng supports our partners to attract, develop and retain women in engineering globally. We use a combination of in-person experiential learning and virtual learning to connect, collaborate and seek new opportunities for girls in STEM, women in engineering and technology,” says WomEng co-founder Naadiya Moosajee.
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