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Forth Bridge used to encourage female engineers

Posted by | 21st September 2015 | Apprenticeship News, Uncategorized

It’s one of the country’s most iconic structures – a towering monument to the ingenuity of man stretching out across the Firth of Forth.

Rising 110 metres into the air, the Forth Bridge has become a symbol of Scotland’s industrious spirit, joined in later years by the road bridge and the yet-to-be-completed Queensferry Crossing – three different bridges constructed across three different centuries.

But it’s not just men who have helped build and maintain these colossal structures.

Women have long played a part in the life of the bridges – and now the Scottish Government is setting them up as an example to encourage more women to take up engineering and shape the country’s future.

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Fair Work, Skills and Training Secretary, scaled the Forth Bridge’s criss-crossing steel beams with female engineers of all ages in a bid to inspire the next generation of school-leavers.

The fresh drive comes as the industry faces a huge skills shortage, with government officials hoping to improve the sector’s notoriously one-sided gender balance while bringing in thousands of highly-skilled female workers at the same time.

A £125,000 Scottish Government investment seeks to boost apprenticeships for girls, while £500,000 has been handed to Skills Development Scotland to develop an “equalities action plan” which includes work on gender issues.

Read more at Edinburgh News by clicking here

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