A new online mentoring platform could help professional women working in the aerospace and aviation industry progress their careers by connecting them with female mentors in the sector. Launched on 8 March, International Women’s Day 2019, the platform is part of the ‘alta’ mentoring scheme, which began four years ago and is a partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), Airbus, Little Blue Private Jets and the Royal Air Force, with additional support from Collins Aerospace.
“The UK is the country in Europe that has the least amount of women in engineering and this includes the aerospace industry, where there is a chronic shortage of females,” said UWE Bristol project leader Sue Durbin, who is Professor in Human Resource Management at UWE Bristol and specialises in gender inequalities in employment in male dominated industries.
“Through this project, we want to empower women to gain confidence by receiving non-judgmental female-to-female advice and support, thereby enabling their careers to take off.”
Professional women working in the aerospace and aviation sectors who want guidance can use the platform to help them link up with a suitable female mentor. Both are required to answer a series of questions online, based on which the website’s algorithm matches up the mentee with a compatible mentor.
After initial contact, both parties are free to arrange when, where and how often they meet. All meetings and correspondence can be planned through the platform, providing a place for both parties to maintain their mentoring relationship in a safe, secure and confidential online environment.