An industry once long dominated by men, is, at last, seeing an upsurge in the number of women involved with energy. But there’s still a long way to go, with women only accounting for around 10% of the global energy workforce (Energy Digital’s Global Energy Talent Index, GETI). That’s compared to 10% in big tech companies across the world and over 60% in the insurance industry.
In fact, the energy sector remains one of the least gender-diverse sectors in the economy, regardless of recent efforts to promote and inspire women’s involvement.
Why are women needed in the energy sector?
The energy sector is a budding industry, continuously striving to keep up-to-date with the increasing demand and supply of power to businesses and homes. With technology on a continuous path to improvement, new ways of bettering the infrastructure and monitoring the grid are crucial. As so, a rise in innovation is heavily needed.
The role of women in the energy value chain is crucial in helping to improve new ways of thinking and could play a key role in cutting-edge development. Thus, integrating diversity at all levels will result in more effective and efficient clean energy initiatives, lead to better return on investments and improve emission reduction prospects.
A more diverse group means it’s easier to identify and solve problems. For example, a group of 15 men of a similar age and background will likely think in a similar way, whereas a group of different ages, backgrounds and gender will more likely change how things stand and increase the chance of thinking outside the box.
The Guardian agrees, claiming that a lack of women in energy companies is holding back the sector’s efforts to challenge climate change. Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Exeter said: “I absolutely do think that the fact that the industry is so dominated by men and particularly older white men it is slowing down the energy transition.”
So, what are the opportunities for women in the energy sector?
There’s a general perception of a ‘pale, stale, male’ culture in the industry which often comes from the way that engineering is talked about in education and the media.
But the reality is, the industry is bursting with prospects for women; from project managers, technicians and developers to project coordinators, electrical engineers and mechanical engineers.
Energy provides an extensive and stable career because let’s face it, it’s not going anywhere. With an ever-growing population, the world will always need power, and energy is the foundation of the technology industry. Without power, technology would cease to exist.
What’s more, the rise in popularity of electric cars as opposed to diesels brings forth even more opportunities for self-motivated individuals to invent new ways to store greater amounts of electricity.
The role of women at Crown Energy
We’re a diverse company, with ample opportunities for hardworking individuals to make their mark on the industry. Here are just some of the women that work here at Crown Energy.
Name: Keeley Downing
Job role: Director
Name: Karolina Wawrowski
Job role: Head of Marketing
Name: Phoebe Duckworth
Job role: Recruiter
Name: Andrea Naylor
Job role: Project Manager
Name: Catherine Stanners
Job role: Tester
Name: Hannah Bigwood
Job role: Content Writer
Are you the key?
60% of the energy workforce is hovering around retirement age, meaning there are ample opportunities for people with a wide range of experience and expertise to enter the market. A rise in women is not only valuable but hugely welcome too.
It’s the perfect time for the dynamic thinkers and sharpest minds to help diversify the energy sector and lead the way in cutting-edge innovation.