“Girls on the Move Day”: Safran and French association Elles Bougent look abroad to promote technical careers for young women
On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, International Women’s Day, Safran took part in the first international actions organized by the French association Elles Bougent (“Women on the Move”), in Germany and Britain. The aim of these actions was to foster closer ties with female students and encourage their science and technology vocations.
“Girls on the Move Day” involves meetings between women engineers and technicians already working in industry and female high-school and college students in science and technology tracks. The objective is to show these young women the wide variety of business sectors and professions, and the many career opportunities available in these fields.
In Britain, four women engineers from Safran Nacelles’ iconic Burnley plant went to Shuttleworth College to discuss their career paths and their jobs at Safran. The day went by quickly, with pop quizzes, lively discussions on male/female stereotypes and Q&A sessions.
Safran Germany welcomed young students from the Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich) and the Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München (University of Applied Sciences in Munich). On the agenda for the day was a presentation of Safran and its businesses by the CEO and CTO, and several workshops with engineers. One of the most hotly discussed topics was women’s careers and working in an environment traditionally dominated by men.
Safran and Elles Bougent: partners for over ten years!
The association Elles Bougent has noted that too few women today choose to work in engineering and technical jobs, and take science or technical classes. The aim of this association is to change things, and convince more young women to take an interest in these professions that are too often, and erroneously, thought to be reserved for men.
Safran has worked with Elles Bougent since 2006. Out of the 2,850 mentors in the association, 250 work for Safran companies, and regularly contribute to specific actions (conferences, company visits, etc.) that are designed to inspire these young students to choose careers in science and technology.
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