FacePhi is committed to closing the gender gap in the engineering sector 

The technology company reaffirms its commitment by participating in the “I want to be an Engineer” programme, promoted by the Higher Polytechnic School of the University of Alicante. During the month of June, FacePhi will be present at intensive campuses in which more than 200 students will participate.

FacePhi, the leading technology company for user digital identity verification, has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Alicante to participate in the “I want to be an Engineer” programme, promoted by the entity’s Higher Polytechnic School. The objective of this project is to promote equal opportunities and increase interest amongst secondary school students for the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Among the actions to be carried out, FacePhi plans to collaborate in the implementation of an intensive ‘campus,’ which will host more than 200 third or fourth year ESO students during the month of June. Students will be able to learn about different branches of engineering such as: Computer Science, Biomedical, Telecommunications, Robotics, Civil, Chemistry and Architecture.

Magdalena Beltrá, People & Culture Director of FacePhi, states that it is important that technology companies support this type of initiative to combat the gender gap, which means that the number of women engineers present in organisations is reduced. Currently, the FacePhi technical area is made up of only 15% female profiles, and in response they are fighting to inspire more women and get them to sign up for this type of career.

According to data from the Ministry of Education, women represent 54% of Spanish university students. However, in technical, engineering and architecture careers, the representation of women drops to 25% -a figure that has also been declining in recent years.

FacePhi present in high schools in the Alicante region

In addition to the close collaboration that the company maintains with the University of Alicante, FacePhi is also present in the Secondary Education Institutes of the region through presentations and talks.

On Friday, May 20th, Ángela Sánchez, Junior Researcher for the company, spoke at the high school IES Canónigo Manchón of the town Crevillent, explaining her career as an engineer. Sánchez announced the different professional opportunities that the different branches of engineering have for fourth-year secondary school and second-year high school students. She expressed that it is essential for younger students to have female role models who share their experience, to guide them and encourage them to study the careers that will account for most of their future work.