Professional services and engineering firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in Leeds is working towards closing the gender gap in the industry, with women now making-up 20 per cent of its workforce, compared to fewer than ten per cent across the engineering sector nationwide.
To mark National Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June, the company is putting the spotlight on its female engineers. Last year, 35 per cent of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s graduate intake was female, and some specialisms such as structural engineering are now hitting the 50 per cent mark.
The company, which is behind some of Leeds’s most iconic schemes including the £300m Kirkstall Forge scheme and the high rise Central Square development in the city centre, is urging more women to consider a career in the sector which offers a breadth of specialisms and opportunities across the globe.
Ramyata Paruchuri has worked in the engineering sector for 11 years. Originally from India, she came to the UK to study a Masters degree in Concrete Design and the Environment at Dundee University, and has worked at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in Leeds as an engineer in the bridges team since 2012.
Ramyata has worked on a number of major projects across the UK including Central Saint Giles, a mixed-use development in central London. She said: “The engineering sector offers a brilliant career for women, especially those with a creative flair who may not have considered engineering as an obvious choice.
“You are able to design something from scratch and then follow the project through to see it built. There’s a great amount of satisfaction seeing something that you designed, and all the problems you helped find solutions to, come to fruition.”
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in Leeds is working on a number of high profile schemes across Yorkshire including the £80 million Tower Works scheme in Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds and the award-winning Trinity Leeds shopping centre.