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WES Young Member's Board holds another successful meeting

WES Young Member's Board holds another successful meeting

By Khadejah Begum, Member of WES Young Member's Board 

YMB 2nd meeting

The WES Young Members Board gathered once again on 14th September 2016 for a second meeting hosted by Scottish Power (Glasgow).

The meeting kicked off with a filming session that aimed to capture the vision, ambition and profiles of the board members. These videos were a little nerve wracking to film but we believe this to be a great opportunity to reach out to more young women and inspiring engineers through the medium of video.

The films provide a wonderful introduction to the board members; their personalities, passions and professions, and are a great step in the way of our campaign to give younger women engineers a platform for their voices to be heard.

The short films will be available on the WES website shortly, so watch out for them to go live!

Filming was followed by a presentation from Scottish Powers female Health and Safety Director, Wilma Kelly who gave a brief introduction to Scottish Power, including some of the successes and challenges and we finished off with a discussion on how we can go about getting more women into the industry particularly through apprenticeships which is a door into a career in engineering that is often overlooked by many young women. The presentation gave a welcome insight into the world of Scottish Power and provided a great setting for the discussion and creativity which started off with an icebreaker that left everyone rather bemused but definitely engaged and rearing to go!

Important matters that were discussed included roles within YMB, the upcoming WES Student Conference (18th-19th November at Aston University), the next WES council and other exciting projects which we will be unveiling closer to the date!

The board will also be supporting the "100 for 100" campaign, as part of the WES Centenary activities where WES will ask one hundred companies to commit to support diversity and inclusion in engineering during 2019, the one hundredth anniversary of WES. To find out more about the WES YMB visit our website (http://www.wes.org.uk/ymb).

We are currently also live on Twitter @YMB1919 which is our primary way of communicating with the outside world. Please follow us, retweet us and reply with your own ideas, thoughts so we can keep the conversation and creativity going beyond the meeting room!

The next WES Young Members Board Meeting will be held alongside the WES Student Conference on the 18th November which we will be attending. We very much look forward to seeing other WES members there.

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