HS2 Ltd has produced a short film which subverts the stereotype of what an engineer looks like, challenging the out-dated masculine preconceptions of an industry that is rapidly becoming more gender-inclusive.
The short film stars Clara Lenzi, a Project Management apprentice at Britain’s new high speed railway and was filmed on location at the future location of HS2’s super-hub at Old Oak Common. Demolition of the former sheds at the one-kilometre long site in London is now well underway, ready for construction of what will be one of the best connected rail stations in the country.
Currently, the number of female professional engineers in the UK is around 12 per cent, which is the lowest in Europe. Clara Lenzi from London was keen to spearhead HS2’s INWED campaign as she attributes the new railway’s role in attracting more women into traditionally male-dominated sectors as a reason for joining the project.
“I am proud to be one of many apprentices working for HS2 who are women. At HS2 I’ve been given lots of responsibility, which has aided my progression and success as a Project Manager and allowed me to build invaluable relationships within the workplace. I am learning from some of the most experienced people in the industry.”