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The Female Face of Civil Engineering

By September 8, 2016January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

CGL has published The Female Face of Civil Engineering today, GCSE results day. This booklet and online resource (at aims to encourage more 14-16 year old girls to study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at GCSE and A Level and consider a career in the construction industry.


The Female Face of Civil Engineering uses the personal profiles of ten women from varying backgrounds currently working in a wide range of roles to address directly the misconception by girls, and particularly their families, that engineering careers are “not for them”.

The Female Face of Civil Engineering (at is designed and written for female school students between Year 9 and Year 12 to improve their understanding and interest in civil engineering and show them the value of STEM subjects to open a range of challenging careers. In addition to the profiles of ten women currently working in the UK and abroad the publication includes advice for pupils on how to get into civil engineering.


The publication has the support of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) and is copyright-free to ensure it reaches more people. Printed copies are now being distributed via STEM organisations and direct to secondary schools to coincide with the start of the new school year.

Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive at WISE commented “Too many girls and their families still assume engineering is for men. Showing them real women making a real contribution to exciting projects which in turn make a difference to people’s lives opens their eyes to a whole new world of possible options. Women from diverse backgrounds talking about what they do with excitement and passion about what they do will inspire more girls to follow in their footsteps.”

John Laverty, ICE Head of Education and Inspiration, commented: “For many young people seeing is believing – they respond well to practical examples which show the diverse and rewarding careers that are in reach through studying STEM subjects at school. This is especially important for young women, who may assume engineering is not a career for them due to outdated perceptions. They need role models and job profiles which bust the myths about who engineers are. ICE is delighted to support this initiative.”

Nick Langdon, CGL Chairman added: “Women make up barely 10% of the workforce in the construction industry and projections show the UK will experience a serious shortage of engineers in the coming years.  The continued low representation of women in civil engineering represents an unnecessary restriction on our industry and the wider economy. The Female Face of Civil Engineering is an exciting initiative by an SME using its own funds to try and change perceptions of girls thinking of a rewarding career caring for the environment and communities.

Printed copies of The Female of Civil Engineering are available on request from [email protected]