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In the historically male-dominated engineering field, South African women are breaking barriers, challenging stereotypes, and making significant strides. As the nation progresses towards greater gender equality across various career fields, more women are opting for careers in STEM, and in particular, engineering.


The engineering sector is a wide and varied field, giving potential engineers many career options. There are multiple different types of engineers, from electrical and computer to marine and aerospace. The vast range of career options within the engineering field means that there is an area of specialisation that allows prospective engineers to choose an area that interests them. 


Artisan Training Institute (ATI) recently attended the Electra Mining expo. The CEO of ATI discussed the current and future trends in engineering training.  


Youth Day in South Africa is a time when we reflect on how far we’ve come as a country and the challenges we face. There’s no doubt that there have been big advances in South Africa. At the dawn of democracy in 1994, 58% of public-school learners in Grade 12 passed matric, while in 2021 that figure was 76.4%.


South Africa has made great strides towards more equitable gender representation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) over the past decade, meaning that there has never been a better time for young women to consider a career in STEM-related fields. That's especially the case with the shortage of skills in STEM in South Africa.

 


In South Africa, only 13% of graduates leaving tertiary institutions with qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are women.


It's full steam ahead for leading South African NGO, PROTEC, as it prepares to launch GE's inaugural Next Engineers – a global further education readiness programme– to the first cohort of 750 high school students across Johannesburg in early 2022, in a mission to inspire the next generation of engineers: the innovators, problem-solvers, and leaders of tomorrow.

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