People in Teoresi: #womenintechCorporate
Teoresi is a rich and varied reality that is committed to promoting professional development and supporting the skills of its employees in the various branches of which it is composed. With the project People in Teoresi we want to tell you about the various human mosaic tiles of our company, from engineers to business managers, from consultants to IT specialists, in Italy and abroad. Thereby, we also want to take the opportunity to think about issues related to culture and current topics in the world of work.
We inaugurate the first theme #womenintech with a topic that is gradually attracting public attention, namely the growing presence of women in the world of engineering and technology.
Although these areas are still considered purely male expertise, the 2019 Report by the Study Center of the Italian National Council of Engineers (NCE) has shown a change in trend. According to the latest available data, the number of women engaged in the engineering sector in Italy has in fact progressively increased, to the point of placing it among the top nations in Europe.
The share of female graduates in this discipline in 2017 was 28%, while in the early 2000s it was at just 16%. For 2019, it was estimated that of the total population with engineering degrees, 19% were women.
A comparison with the main European countries has highlighted how Italy is at the top in terms of the propensity of women to enter engineering studies, in line, moreover, with significant progress in terms of female presence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) disciplines. That is also confirmed by Eurostat data, which show that Italy has a share of female graduates in engineering and architecture of over 34% of the total, a higher value than France, for example, where it is 26%, and the United Kingdom (23%).
The number of female members of the professional register is also increasing moderately. According to the NCE Report, there are almost 37,000 women engineers belonging to the order, which means 15.3% of the total number of members, while they were only 12% in 2012.
Extending the picture to the entire field of STEM disciplines, the calculations carried out by the NCE Study Center on UNESCO data indicate that in 2019 40.5% of graduates in Italy were women, while in the early 2000s they represented 36%.
According to Teknoring, the data on the progressive increase in the presence of women in both study and professional fields linked to technical-scientific know-how can be attributed to a progressive increase in women’s access to university-type training.
However, the fact that the gender gap is narrowing does not mean that it is extinct. With the same level of education attended, women continue to systematically record lower employment rates than men. According to the NCE Study Center’s processing of OECD area data, the male employment rate is around 89%, while that of women drops to 78.8%.
As the 2017 Oscar-nominated film „The Right to Count“ recounts, there are women who, even in an adverse context, have managed to emerge supported by talent, skills, passion, and the strength of the group. Inspired by this, we believe that Teoresi should be a place of equal opportunities for growth for all.
We call ourselves a People Company because we believe that a firm’s success is directly related to the accomplishment of its employees. Our people are our life force, regardless of gender.
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