You recently held a ‘bring your daughter to work’ event – what feedback did you receive from the students and your employees?
For many years Ford has held bring your child to work activities for both boys and girls. This year we had a special event focused on daughters and also their friends. We know that girls who pursue science and engineering careers more often have a close relative in a STEM job. Therefore by extending to friends of our employees children we aimed to reach young people who may not have had the same exposure to careers within engineering.
We had 50 female students, aged between 14-18years old, who were able to get a real insight into automotive engineering. The event included a tour of our facilities at the Dunton Technical Centre in Essex, a keynote speech by Barb Samardzich, our COO, on her career path as an engineer and a type of ‘speed-networking’ activity, where the students could meet some of our female engineers.
The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive, from both the students and the employees. It was a great learning opportunity with the students not only able to see for themselves in the type of work we do, but also being able to speak to female engineers and get, first-hand, what it’s really like to be an engineer and what that means.