This morning I attended an excellent debate in Westminster Hall about apprenticeships proposed by Richard Graham, a new Conservative MP who is on the Work and Pensions Select Committee with me. He set out a strong case for the Government’s policy of expanding the number of apprenticeships by 50,000. During the debate I made the point that we need more girls to do engineering apprenticeships. Just 2 per cent of engineering apprenticeships go to girls, although those who are taken on do well. When I first started as a lawyer there were not many women lawyers, but now women outnumber men. Engineering needs a similar turn round. Despite great efforts to encourage girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects more clearly needs to be done. I do not underestimate the impact of the media in fostering role models and there have certainly been a number of campaigning women lawyers in dramas on the TV. It’s time for some successful women engineers to feature.