NICEIC celebrates females in the electrical industry on International Women in Engineering Day

NICEIC, the leading certification body for the electrical industry, is shining a spotlight on talented females in the electrical sector this International Women in Engineering Day (23 June).

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Debbie Shields | Communications Manager
The awareness day, which is led by Women’s Engineering Society, highlights the successes of female engineers across the world and aims to encourage others to consider a career in engineering.

Currently only 16.5% of engineers in the UK are female*, which highlights the need to encourage more women to consider a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sectors. Sharing success stories of female role models within the engineering sector is, therefore, one of the most effective ways of promoting the benefits and opportunities available to those working in the industry.

One such story is that of NICEIC Area Engineer, Lisa Burge. Lisa, who was named Student of the Year whilst studying for her electrical qualification, was on the lookout for a career that would challenge her and allow her to invest in her skillset.

She says: “My friend told me that he was training to become an electrician. After some self-doubt, I was encouraged to go for it. It ended up being the best advice I ever followed.”

Following a successful career as an electrician, Lisa joined NICEIC in the role of Area Engineer. This role involves her assessing the competence of electrical contractors and gives her the opportunity to drive industry standards, something she is passionate about.
A career in the electrotechnical industry can provide a wealth of benefits including progression opportunities, particularly in renewable and sustainable technologies, as well as excellent salaries.

Lisa encourages women to consider pursuing a career in the industry that she has thrived in, saying, “I’m so pleased that I decided to pursue a career as an electrician. I have learned so much and enjoy the variety of work immensely. I would really encourage anyone thinking of entering the industry to do so. There are so many opportunities and possibilities within the sector, there’s never been a better time to join!”

NICEIC Head of Standards, Dani Putney, adds: “Success stories like Lisa’s need to be shared with all aspiring female engineers as we try to break down the barriers to women entering the electrical industry. We recognise that there is still more to be done but International Women in Engineering Day offers a key opportunity to highlight the success of women in the industry, as well as presenting the benefits available to those who decide on pursuing a career in the sector.”

For more information, visit:
  • for information about International Women in Engineering Day
  • to find out more about NICEIC.