Only 3 percent of technical professionals in the Netherlands are currently women and Techniek Nederland wants to do something about that.
The trade association is calling on girls to opt for technical training.
"If we can increase the share of women in the technology sector to 20 percent, we will have solved the shortage of professionals", says chairman Doekle Terpstra.
The shortage of plumbers and other people with technical training is increasing at a dizzying rate in our country.
In five years, this has doubled from eight hundred to sixteen hundred, Techniek Nederland previously announced.
But there is a solution for that, the organization thinks.
"Girls are crucial for the future of technology and for the future of our country. If we can increase the share of women in technology to 20 percent, then we will have solved the shortage of professionals," he said.
That is why the organization asks girls to register for technical courses.
Although that is going in the right direction.
Between 2013 and 2020, the number of girls enrolled in the MBO installation technology course tripled to 936 enrolled.
But that can be even better, says Terpstra.
"It happens in education. We have to make it clear to boys and girls that of all sectors the installation sector probably offers the best career prospects. For girls there are opportunities as an installation technician, but also as a consultant, designer and data analyst," he says.
Most women in the technology sector still have administrative positions
He also wants women within the technology sector to reorient themselves more.
There are currently 14,500 women working in the sector, but most of them do administrative or communication functions.
He wants more women to work in the "real" technical professions.
"We have to remove the visible and invisible barriers. For girls who are interested in technical training and for women who want to work in a technical company," he concludes.
Thursday is Girls' Day, an initiative of the VHTO, the center of expertise for gender diversity in technology and IT.
It is intended to encourage girls between ten and fifteen years old for technical training and professions.
Due to the corona crisis, all activities will take place online this year.