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Women, chocolate… and nuclear power stations

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JAM Recruitment took to Twitter today to find out how organisations around the UK were celebrating National Women in Engineering Day.

The aim was to celebrate the work that women do in engineering, and to showcase the great engineering careers that are available for girls. And what better way to start off than to make it all about chocolate!

We stumbled across a fantastic piece for those curious about how bubbles get into chocolate, showcasing the MEng Food Engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

The Royal Academy of Engineering held a Wikipedia Editathon to boost the number of female Wikipedia editors from a meagre 9%. The event not only educated women on how to edit the free online encyclopaedia, but also increased the content on the site about women engineers.

Education was a key theme, with the BBC reporting on advanced apprenticeship schemes as a different way for women to get into engineering, talking to 24-year-old project engineer Samantha Thompson who works at Heysham nuclear power station in Lancashire.

And attracting females to careers in engineering is key to the future of UK infrastructure projects. Crossrail chose National Women in Engineering Day to report that more women were needed as engineers to avoid a serious skills shortage.

National Women in Engineering Day was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. To find out more stories like these, search for the hashtag #nwed on Twitter.

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