WiRES – Women in Renewable Energy Scotland- held their first meeting in Glasgow Science Centre recently as an inaugural introduction to mentoring in the industry.
WiRES was initially established as a response to the under-representation of women in the Scottish renewable energy sector and their foremost aim is to increase diversity within the industry through a peer support network for women.
It has now introduced the concept of ‘mentoring’. Put simply it is one person helping another to achieve outcomes that are relevant and important for them – in this case the renewable energy sector.
Gail Watt, Co-founder and Chair, said: “WiRES is looking forward to working in partnership with Women’s EnterpriseScotland to design and deliver the mentoring programme for our members. Participants will receive intensive support to help them to reflect on their day-to-day work, training and skills, and potential career paths. This programme will help women to better plan and progress in the renewable energy sector and as a result we will be a step forward towards a more equal and diverse workforce.”
The Scottish Government has identified the renewable energy sector as one of the key places which will deliver a sustainable economic growth for Scotland – but there is a definite gender segregation in the labour market. Close the Gape is a result of Scottish occupational segregation by gender.
Anna Ritchie Allan, Project Manager at Close the Gap, said: “We are delighted that the WiRES launch and networking event at the Glasgow Science Centre was a great success. The fact that there were so many women in attendance from the renewable energy sector is further evidence of the need for WiRES and its exciting programme of work. We hope that the network will continue to grow and that its events will help to break down some of the barriers to women’s success in this male-dominated industry.”
How does it work?
To register your interest through a WiRES mentor application, take part in one of the training session and get matched up with a ‘mentee’ got to www.wiresscotland.com
Telephone 0141 337 8144.
Meanwhile, Dennis Robertson (SNP) MSP for Aberdeenshire West, recently raised the issue of the under-representation of women in the North Sea oil and gas industries at Holyrood.
In reply, Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Energy Minister, said that supporting women to fulfil their potential in the labour market is a key aim of the Scottish government. He said:
“The Scottish Government continues to be in close engagement with oil and gas industry bodies on this matter. I spoke at the Women in Industry Group at the recent Offshore Europe exhibition in Aberdeen and have also raised this matter with the oil and gas industry leadership group.
“There is widespread agreement within the oil and gas industry that it has many decades of opportunity ahead of it and women have a crucial role to play in supporting the industry to maximise its potential.”