10 February 2023
February 11 marks International Day of Women and Girls In Science (IDWGIS), which highlights the critical role females play in science and technology related industries.
We openly celebrate the opportunity to promote full and equal access to, and participation in, science for women and girls.
Although it is widely recognised that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are vital to global economies and innovation, most countries have not achieved gender equality in their STEM industries, with a 33.3% global average number of female researchers.
At Urenco, we are proud to support women across the organisation, working at all levels and in a diverse range of fields in science and technology. We know well that to address the exciting challenges and opportunities facing us in science, we must delve into as diverse a pool of talent and knowledge as possible.
Kathryn (pictured centre), a Urenco Operations Apprentice, first garnered an interest in engineering through her school studies, and chose to develop her skills further through Urenco’s apprenticeship programme.
A passionate advocate for women in STEM, Kathryn says: “The path in nuclear especially is very positive with some exciting projects coming in the future. I would definitely recommend starting a career in science and engineering, as the opportunities are endless, there’s so much to learn and see.
“As a girl who has come into an industry where women are under-represented, I can happily say that while it has had its challenges, I wouldn’t change my career for the world. It is the best decision I have made. As long as you’re willing to put in the hard work and are motivated and determined, the future will pay off and you’ll go far.”
The apprenticeship programme is just one of the many inclusion and diversity initiatives supported by Urenco, to address the gender gap in STEM and to inspire women to take up roles in the industry.
Other activities include early careers opportunities of work experience, graduate schemes and internships, the Richie programme, and educational outreach events. For more information on this, visit our careers page here.
We also support international Masters-level scholarships for women pursuing a career in nuclear through our social impact partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). You can read more about the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme here.
Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.
With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.
Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.