26th September 2018

Technical Director speaks at Inspire Summit

Across the UK, numerous groups and organisations are developing strategies, creating media and holding events with the shared aim of improving diversity across STEM sectors. With this goal in mind, Joe Broun founded Inspire Summit. Taking place in Manchester, the annual conference and exhibition addresses gender parity, skills shortages and encourages young people to consider careers in construction, engineering and housing.

Sharing her views and experiences with the current generation of young professionals, Jane Entwistle, Technical Director at Thomasons, spoke on a panel at this year’s Inspire Summit. Along with three other industry professionals, Jane discussed the importance of gender parity, the current situation and how we can improve it.

Describing her stance on encouraging young people, Jane comments: “Whilst it is essential to encourage secondary school girls to pursue STEM subjects, we also need to address, and change, society’s misconceptions of gender ability and suitability.”

The one-day event featured two tracks. The aforementioned panel was part of Track One, which is aimed at professionals and has a focus on inspiring industry change. Track 2 looked at exciting the next generation, for an audience of students and apprentices. A complementary exhibition showcased leading companies, professional bodies, academic institutions and training providers.