More high-tech engineering companies should be based in Wales to attract and retain engineers, particularly female ones, a leading academic says.
Wales has the lowest numbers of female chartered engineers in Britain – just 5.6% compared to 5.9% in England and 6% in Scotland, Engineering UK says.
Prof Karen Holford, a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said talent was being “wasted”. A Welsh government review is looking into the lack of women in the industry. Prof Holford, who is the pro vice chancellor of Cardiff University’s college of physical sciences, told BBC Radio Wales’ Eye on Wales:
“A lot of the big companies have their research and development bases elsewhere, and I think that’s a big problem.