Weir Flow Control France, part of global engineering firm Weir Group, is working with the French Ministry of Education to promote diversity and inclusion in the engineering sector. The valve manufacturing specialist has partnered with the government on an initiative which aims to boost the number of women pursuing careers in mechanical engineering.

Weir is seeking to address the issue of a lack of diversity in the engineering sector. For professions such as engineers, drawing technicians, CNC operators, just 20 percent of employees in the industry are women. This issue is widely recognized in the sector, and the government and employers are currently working together to promote benefits of mechanical career paths to young women in the hope that early engagement will help improve diversity and inclusion today and in the future. Following an open day with the Ministry of Education in May 2017, which promoted mechanical career paths within the industry, the Weir team has further expanded their initiative to a regional level.

Weir has also founded an Association of Female Engineers to support and promote successful women in engineering to students in colleges and university. Since launching the initiative in January 2017 Weir Flow Control France has been recognized for its efforts and inclusive policies in relation to gender diversity within the workshop and Weir’s tutoring program. Looking ahead, the business is planning numerous activities between now and March 2018, which will include forming and supporting a team of young female graduates to present at the forthcoming National Mechanical Innovation contest.

Mel Stead, Divisional HR Director for Weir Flow Control, said, “Weir has a strong focus on attracting diverse talent which has enabled the creation of an inclusive global organisation. This hasn’t happened by chance, but by making this a business priority. Within our Flow Control Division I frequently see these fantastic initiatives developed, and relationships built, which will only strengthen our business performance and enhance our innovation and skill base across our global markets.”