Olivia, who graduated from Warwick University, UK, in 2010 with a master’s degree in civil engineering, joined CWA in 2015. Since then, Olivia has taken an active role in promoting civil engineering as a great career for women. She has recently passed her professional exams to become a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and become a science, technology and engineering (STEM) ambassador. This has seen her make presentations to local schools around Birmingham, UK, to encourage more girls to study engineering.
“Although the number of women entering the profession is increasing, they are still underrepresented across the industry,” says Olivia. “To help address this, I give presentations at schools and careers events to talk about my experience as a woman in the sector and to outline the various career routes open to girls who want to become civil engineers.”
Most recently, Olivia has built up a relationship with Swanhurst Girls School in Billesley, Birmingham, which now holds regular Women in Engineering events. She hopes that devoting a whole day to activities focused on engineering and technology will help to open the world of engineering to the next generation of female engineers and to tackle skills shortages.