Where did all the engineers go?

UK Electronics Skills Foundation

We love the UKESF and all the great work it does to encourage engineering as a career choice, including its efforts to reach out to girls and women so thought we would share their latest schools project.

For those that haven’t heard of the UKESF….

In the UK, the Electronics sector is big, valuable and growing; however, the demand for capable, employable graduates is currently outstripping supply. We are an educational charity, launched in 2010, with both public and private seed-corn funding. We operate collaboratively with major companies, leading universities and other organisations to tackle the skills shortage in the Electronics sector.

Make a real difference: help promote Electronics in schools by supporting our “Electronics Everywhere” project – click HERE to find out how.

Explore the UK Electronics industry with the UKESF Infographic.

We also spotted this great piece on Emily on the BBC – thanks Kathryn for highlighting it!

Emily Smithson, from Bristol, said the importance of playgrounds for children and parents had been underlined during the Covid-19 pandemic. She said she was frustrated no list of local play sites existed. Ms Smithson, 42, spent two years learning programming skills to design the free interactive app and game, which features play areas in her city. Playgrounds across England closed in March as part of the first wave of restrictions imposed to tackle the spread of the coronavirus in March.

You can get the app on Google or Apple

Manic Monday & next Workshop Wednesday

Catch up chat – whats on, careers support and whatever you want to make of it really – join us here whenever you have a break in your busy schedule

The next Workshop Wednesday is now live and is on October the 7th – sign up on the meetup here. We’ll give more details on our 2 speakers and on the workshops running when they have finalised them.

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on

Women in Data Hackathon

The Tech industry, although a hub for innovation and creativity, lags behind when it comes to the diversity of its workforce. Not only is this detrimental to women, who are missing out on the rewarding work available to them, but also to the industry itself. Indeed, research by McKinsey shows, that a more diverse workforce is more likely to flourish .

TrueCue and women in data are running a Hackathon which is an event in which participants team up to solve challenging problems with limited time. In this case, the task will be to analyse a dataset on COVID19. Through participating, you will have the opportunity to improve your analytics capabilities and presentation skills, as well as speak to women working in the Tech industry – all while learning more about the global pandemic through data.

Launching the first UK University Women’s Esports Tournament

This Winter, we are incredibly excited to launch our first ever women-only League of Legends tournament.

Starting on the evening of Friday 23rd October, the tournament is planned to last 5 weeks. We welcome cis women, trans women, and femme-identifying or femme-presenting non-binary people of all abilities to take part!In running this tournament, we’re hoping to help increase opportunities available to marginalised groups in grassroots esports.


Build Her

BuildHer is a brand new Crowdfunding & Freelancer Platform aimed at raising money/funding through Rewards-Based Contributions for the most historically underfunded & under-supported group; women of ‘Black Origin’. BuildHer is an exclusive community & movement set to empower Women.

South West Creative Technology Network Automation Showcase 16th of October

The South West Creative Technology Network invites you to spend the day with us online as we share our year of Automation.

Spend the day with us online as we share a year of deep thinking and prototype-making by artists, technologists, health & education professionals, engineering & manufacturing experts, architects, academics and researchers, in the field of Automation. Automation is changing the way we live. It could be seen as the ‘quiet’ revolution – working in the background to assist in creative processes, gradually transforming agriculture through robotics, or re-imagining how we search the internet.

#BeMoreDigital Fundraising Day 15th of October

This year’s free virtual event will help charities navigate an exciting era of digital fundraising. The event will consist of 10 sessions across 2 streams and will allow charities to hear how other organisations are adapting to the new fundraising environment – with specific information on the tools and tricks they’re using and the hardships that they’re facing along the way. You’ll also have the opportunity to catch up with hundreds of other charity professionals in our breakout rooms. There, you can continue conversations, pick up new learnings and share your digital fundraising thoughts, ideas and stories.


GreenConf September the 30th

Myth or reality: developers and tech engineers have the power to design, build and run more sustainable software today? Join us to find out on September 30th.

Its running online with and English and a french speaking stream – includes:

This Week’s happenings have moved to our Events page

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

Engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.