Bradford Council Leader Cllr Susan
Hinchcliffe has invited members of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on
Women in Transport to visit West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
meeting this week, the APPG discussed ways to recruit more women into the
transport and engineering sector and explore how more girls and young women can
be encouraged to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Cllr
Hinchcliffe, who chairs the Combined Authority’s Investment Committee, said a
visit to West Yorkshire could be an opportunity for the group’s members to meet
women who have senior roles in transport and other key areas.
in Westminster are talking about ways to recruit more women into the transport
sector, West Yorkshire Combined Authority is putting it into practice. Three of
its five senior posts, Director of Resources, Executive Head of Economic
Services and Director of Delivery are held by women along with the senior roles
of the Heads of Legal and Democratic Services, Customer Services, Transport
Policy and Implementation.
In addition, women are managing major
transport projects such as the development of new rail stations, coordinating
the £1bn West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund programme and leading the Combined
Authority’s work on Employment and Skills and Inclusive Growth.
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Investment
Committee said: “When, a year ago,
Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake told the Guardian’s Susanna Rustin that
there were ‘grounds for hope’ for more women in high-profile local government
roles, she was right.
Yorkshire is now a county in which two of its five council leaders and three of
its council chief executives are women and I am glad to see women filling these
vital roles, developing our transport infrastructure to underpin local economic
growth and the creation of jobs.
“Ernst & Young recently reported
that the most effective way of closing the gender gap was ‘leading from the
top’ and in West Yorkshire and through the Combined Authority we are doing
Leading by example
only by leading in this way and by example, proving and showcasing what women
that we can address this gap including the pay gap, which last year saw women
in the UK being paid on average 18% less than men and male managers 40% more
likely than female managers to be promoted.
be more than happy to invite members of the APPG to visit West Yorkshire
Combined Authority to meet women leading the way in transport, development
skills and other key areas.
LEP’s successful work to encourage increasing numbers of girls into the STEM
subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths is paving the way for
for a career in the STEM subjects is a good way for young people to aim at
higher career earnings, WISE, which campaigns to promote women in science,
technology and engineering recently reported only 13% of those working in a
STEM based career are women. Of that 13%, 22% are in Science and Engineering,
14% in ICT, 5.7% in engineering while just 0.2% are in the skilled trades.
Region Enterprise Partnership is working to encourage more girls coming through
our schools system, into STEM subjects. Initiatives include the LEP’s
in November 2016, #techgoals aims to improve digital teaching in schools,
through the upskilling of teachers and the development of their digital
resources. It includes some extracurricular activities aimed specifically at
girls through the TechFuture Girls initiative.
Girls clubs are informal sessions designed to enable girls to experience the
fun side of the digital world through creative projects based on real-life
challenges from industry. The give attendees the opportunity to skills such as
coding, cyber security and 3D design, working with their friends on activities
themed around music, sport, charity work and dance. Through these activities,
they also learn softer skills such as team work and communication.
TechFuture Girls are delivered by Tech Partnership and sponsored by Hewlett
Packard and National Grid.
Cllr Hinchcliffe added: “The LEP’s work to encourage more girls now
learning at our schools into the STEM subject areas is providing those girls
with improved career prospects in terms of quality and earnings, as part of a
workforce equipped to meet the future employment needs of local business.
“This work to create a diverse, skilled
workforce fits with the commitments in our Strategic Economic Plan to deliver a
‘more jobs better jobs programme that widens employment skills, apprenticeships
and career progression opportunities, as well as boosting business growth,
productivity and innovation.”
Details of careers with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority can be found at www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/jobs and anyone interested in becoming an Enterprise Adviser can fill in the
online application form on the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership website
at www.the-lep.com/ or email EnterpriseAdvisers@the-lep.com