Role model initiative for gender balance in tech
To inspire girls and young women to consider a future in tech, through hands-on experience and role models. That is the objective of the biannual workshops for high school girls held at Syntronic’s headquarters in Sweden.
The students who participated in the 2022 edition last week got the opportunity build their own robots together with some of Syntronic’s engineers, visit the lab, and learn about careers in engineering.
“We believe that everyone benefits from a gender-balanced working environment and want to contribute to making a positive impact in the tech sector,” says Engineering Consultant Håkan Sjörling, who organizes the inspirational workshops at Syntronic.
The workshops form part of the Technical College programme, a collaboration between schools, universities, and tech-intense companies in Sweden. Tech workshops for high school girls were held at several technology-oriented workplaces in Gävle last week.
Awareness from an early age
For many of Syntronic’s engineers, gender balance in tech is an important objective. “Young women and girls should be made aware of the opportunities available in the tech sector, from an early age. That is why this initiative is important,” says Project Manager Ghaida Magnusson, who formed part of the team that shared their engineering experience with the students.
““I want the young generation to be aware of the fact that a person does not have to live up to any stereotypes in terms of gender or personality to become an engineer.”
– Emilie Abrahamsson, Quality Assurance Engineer and Technical College Mentor.
“I have had a passion for technology my whole life – especially for robotics. It is nice to get the opportunity to share that passion,” says RF Engineer Dhayalini Ramamoorthy, who also joined the workshops as a mentor.
A welcoming community
Quality Assurance Engineer Emilie Abrahamsson, who also participated in the workshops, wants to help spread the message that there is a place for everyone in the tech sector.
“I want the young generation to be aware of the fact that a person does not have to live up to any stereotypes in terms of gender or personality to become an engineer,” she shares.
“Young women and girls should be made aware of the opportunities available in the tech sector, from an early age.”
– Ghaida Magnusson, Project Manager and Technical College Mentor.
“Personally, I wasn’t interested in the things that were traditionally considered ‘girly’ when I was a child. When I choose a career in engineering, I was happy to experience a sense of belonging. I have always felt welcome in the community and want the new generation to feel the same way,” she concludes.
Syntronic will continue to contribute to promoting gender balance in tech and science through Technical College and other initiatives.
Syntronic is a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production, and aftermarket services. Among our customers and partners are some of the world’s most technology intensive businesses and organizations in sectors such as telecom, automotive, industrial and medtech.