Department for Transport: Males

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Year of Engineering his Department is sponsoring will have a policy on promoting or avoiding all male panels.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The aim of the Year of Engineering 2018 is to widen the pool of young people that consider engineering as a career, particularly girls, black, Asian, and ethnic minority groups and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Throughout the year, we will challenge stereotypes by making engineering relevant to ‘people like me’. We have already made great progress by securing the support of a diverse range of engineering role models, ambassadors and influencers to work with throughout the year.

It is incredibly important that this diversity is reflected in the panellists and speakers at events. We will endeavour to ensure that people from a wide range of backgrounds, including women engineers and spokespeople are at the forefront of the debate wherever possible.

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