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BT's Welsh director calls for more female engineers

Ann Beynon, BT's Director for Wales, is calling for more women to take up engineering. It comes as the firm announced it was creating up to 190 new engineering jobs.

They say they particularly want women to apply, but when asked how many they expected to take on, they admitted it would probably be less than 20:

I'd love it to be much more than that - but we need women to apply - and what happens is women don't even apply, they don't actually understand that these jobs are jobs they could be doing. When we get women they are brilliant, so it's obvious they are able to do the work but maybe that perception isn't there as it should be."

– Ann Beynon, BT's Director for Wales

Model of 1000mph Bloodhound car to go on display in Cardiff

The Bloodhound SSC on display in London Credit: Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers will bring a full-size model of the 1,000 mph Bloodhound car to Cardiff today.

The model will be on display at the Senedd to help raise awareness among schoolchildren, Welsh Assembly Members and the public about the project and its aims to inspire a generation about science and engineering.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is hoping the car will break the world land speed record by reaching over 1,000 miles per hour in the South African desert in 2015.


Engineering jobs coming to Wales this year

According to the The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey engineering jobs in Wales will be above the national average. Credit: ITV

Job prospects in Wales will improve this year in the engineering and hospitality sectors says the recruitment firm Manpower. It says its research figures show Wales is performing above the national average when it comes to employers' job hiring intentions.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is based on responses from 2,101 UK employers about whether they intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming economic quarter.

Andrew Shellard, Operations Manager at Manpower said, "We are very pleased that Wales has seen a strong increase in job prospects for Q3 2013. This has been driven by a marked pick up in the engineering and hospitality sectors."

Manpower says there is also a skills gap due to a lack of training, " We have noticed an increase in vacancies for toolmakers and CNC machinists within the engineering sector and due to a lack of candidates with the skills needed, these roles are difficult to fill, "