Mind the Gap Findings: Demographics

We published a survey asking for responses from graduate and undergraduate engineers, entitled “Mind the Engineering Gap”.  We were especially interested to know what the opportunities for students and graduates are; what the impediments and encumbrances are to becoming a fully qualified engineer; and how Bentworth could assist with these areas in the future? 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has contributed to this survey to date.

We have broken the findings down into sections which we will publish over the course of a number of different blogs.  The following is the first and aims to set out some of the key data and findings from the survey to date.


Gender of respondents in Kenya engineering survey

Of the 65 responses received 13 (20%) were female and 52 (80%) male.  This compares favourably with statistics available from Engineers Board of Kenya released in 2017 where only 9% of engineering graduates were listed as women.

  • 41 of the respondents had graduated 9 (22%) female and 32 (78%) males
  • The majority of respondents (55%) were between the ages of 25 and 29.
  • Most of our respondents (68%) were graduates. 3rd year 8%, 4th year 8% and 5th year 16%
  • Universities attended included: Kenyatta University 40%, Taita Taveta University 14%, Technical University of Kenya 10%, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and Mount Kenya University each with 7%.
Engineering disciplines studied in Kenya

The respondents had studied, or were studying mainly in the following engineering disciplines: Petroleum 26 (38%), Mining and minerals 12 (17%) and electrical / electronic 11 (16%)

Our next blog will cover graduate employment including the number of graduates who have attained employment and the barriers that graduates face to employment.