The need for targeted programs to attract more girls into engineering and to retain female engineers has drawn global attention. As such, WomEng, together with our partners, is sharing the invaluable lessons learnt in South Africa and taking our programs across Africa. The first country to launch a sister organisation is Kenya, with a vision to take WomEng programs across the globe to where it is needed.
The Kenya Program will comprise of a University level program, similar to the WomEng Fellowship and will include an @network event as part of the program. Students in Kenya face specific challenges around employment post their engineering degrees, and WomEng aims to create not only business ready engineers, but provide a platform for these young engineers to get absorbed into the engineering industry.
The WomEng Kenya Fellowship Program aims to provide female engineering students with the necessary life and business skills to succeed in industry, and also provide a platform for innovative thinking through the technical challenge.
The Technovation Challenge, which forms the backbone of the Fellowship Program, provides students with first-hand experience in working in a new engineering team with people from diverse backgrounds. The aim is to have the 60 hand-picked delegates provide innovative solutions to real world problems. Other critical skills such as pitching an idea, presentation skills and meeting client’s expectations are learnt through this intense week.
An added bonus for the WomEng Fellowship is that our corporate partners are able to recruit top engineering talent from the country’s finest engineering minds. WomEng exposes students to the working environment, and partners are able to present their companies and the latest opportunities available.
The WomEng Kenya Fellowship Program will run in October 2014 (Final dates to be confirmed soon).
Applications for the WomEng Kenya Fellowship Program are now open!