Skills 4’s Lynn Tomkins achieves Gender Diversity Ambassador Award 2022!

Lynn was presented with the award at the prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards on 1st December for her work in achieving gender equality within the engineering industry.

For more than 30 years, Lynn has championed equality and worked to ensure everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their true potential. She has always understood the importance equality, diversity and inclusion plays in the careers of individuals and the performance of organisations in both the public and private sector.

As Co-Founder, Director and then latterly Chair of Trustees of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF), Lynn has supported the UKESF in developing a leading industrial scholarship programme, building greater connections between universities and industry.

Lynn has also supported the UKESF to introduce a “Girls into Electronics” course to provide female sixth formers with a ‘taste’ of studying Electronics at university.

The work Lynn does means that women can thrive in STEM. On winning, she said: “I am delighted to receive the IET’s Gender Diversity Ambassador Award, especially at such a pivotal time for the engineering sector. Everyone has a part to play when it comes to equality, diversity and inclusion, all of which are key when developing innovative solutions for the future. Initiatives like the IET’s YWE Awards help to break down barriers and shows that a career in STEM is for everyone, and I am so proud to be a part of it.”

The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards celebrate women working in modern engineering – and aim to help change the perception that engineering is predominantly a career for men by banishing outdated engineering stereotypes of hard hats and dirty overalls.

As well as highlighting the talent of women engineers, these prestigious engineering industry awards seek to find role models who can help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis by promoting engineering careers to more girls and women.

Dr Laura Norton, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the IET, said: “Engineers must develop products and services for everyone, but with women making up just 16.5% of the sector’s workforce, how can we ensure diversity of thought and innovation in order to create the right solutions for everyone? Awards like this are crucial for raising the profile of women within engineering and providing real-life role models to younger generations to encourage greater diversity within the industry.

“I’d like to congratulate our fantastic winners and finalists of this year’s awards. They are a real credit to the engineering profession and make excellent role models to young girls who might be thinking about a career in engineering and technology.

“It’s vital we champion engineering careers to the next generation – it’s a diverse, creative and exciting career, which offers the opportunity to change lives, or even the world.”

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