EAL, the awarding organisation for industry qualifications, has launched a new qualification to help women progress in typically male dominated sectors.

Ann Watson, MD of EAL, said, “A recent independent report from Engineering UK called for increased recruitment and development of women in the typically male dominated industries of engineering and manufacturing technologies. The report stated that only 8.7% of professional engineers in the UK are women.

“EAL’s Level 3 Award in Career Advancement and Progression provides vital support for women to up-skill and develop careers in these industries. We must encourage more women to gain the right skills and qualifications to enter into and excel in engineering and manufacturing roles. This is not only to bridge the gap between male and female employees but also to ensure that we have enough skilled workers for the future of this vitally important industry.”