Channel 4’s Escape shows Engineering is not just for boys!
What would you do if your plane crashed into a light aircraft in the middle of the desert? How would you escape? This was the task facing Royal Engineer and SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton and a team of real-life engineers in Channel 4’s new reality TV show Escape which began on Sunday.
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The series follows a group of skilled engineers stranded at a crash site away from any sort of civilisation. Each episode will see a new team of engineers in a different and dangerous terrain, from the desert to a jungle, to a glacier and with only surrounding wreckage and their unique skills to escape. On Sunday’s programme, we met the first team, made up of an aerobatic pilot, a traditional craftsman, an aerospace engineer and two mechanical engineers. Crash landed in the desert, the crew needed to stay alive on limited resources whilst devising and building a route of escape.
Here’s some of the things viewers have been saying about the show…
I am LIVING for all these strong female engineers #escape
— Robyn (@Crvenda) October 1, 2017
— Gemma Cassidy (@cassgal79) October 1, 2017
— Rahel Sultan (@raahell87) October 1, 2017
Even in 2017, engineering is thought of as a male-dominated industry and currently, women account for less than 10% of the UK’s engineers which means we have the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe. With a looming skills gap and the additional need for a more diverse workforce to bring creative solution finding, it has never been more important to encourage young women to choose a career in engineering.
This is a sector that offers the potential to design and build new infrastructure, transport systems and iconic buildings which impact the lives of everyone in society and as a recruitment company specialising in Construction, Engineering, Rail & Highways, we’re proud to support women to achieve their full career potential and to work with organisations in our sector to promote gender diversity and equality.