A fresh campaign aimed at persuading girls to consider a career in engineering and manufacturing has been launched amid warnings that the UK was in danger of losing its competitive edge.
The Council for Industry and Higher Education said fewer than one in 10 engineering professionals were women - the lowest proportion in the European Union.
A study for the campaign found that careers advice for schoolgirls on manufacturing and engineering was "lacking".
Aaron Porter, director of the Talent 2030 Campaign, said: "The vital subject choices made by 13-year-olds have enormous consequences for their future career and also the UK economy.
"Our campaign will encourage young people to look at the compelling evidence which shows that not only can jobs in manufacturing and engineering make a huge contribution to our society, but they also deliver a bigger earnings premium than many other careers."