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Bringing STEM subjects to life for young girls

In an ever changing world it is apparent that there is a widening skills gap in all industries. One industry that see’s such a divide in not only skills but also gender is the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) sector which is now an integral part of the world we live in.

WISE recently reported that 13% of those working in a STEM based career are female. Within individual areas of STEM the figures remain low with females occupying only 22% in Science and Engineering, 14% in ICT, 5.7% in engineering and a mere 0.2% in the skilled trades. It is our responsibility to ensure this sector thrives and that we create a work-force who are skilled and diverse.

On the 28th January Ahead Partnership’s flagship programme, Make the Grade, ran a full day of STEM related workshops, guest speeches and careers fayres to inspire young girls to follow a career in the STEM industry. Over 200 Year 8 & 9 female students visited Leeds Beckett University’s Headingley campus where they spoke with inspirational female role models, from 20 key STEM businesses from in and around the Leeds City Region. The exciting and interactive activities that took place will included 3-D printing, digital intelligence and an Army simulator.

Stephanie Burras CBE, CEO of Ahead Partnership, said “The STEM for Girls event is an inspired and exciting way to bring the world of STEM to life and identify the varied roles available to females with in the sector.  These young girls are at the stage in their careers where they are making subject decisions that really affect their futures. Gaining well-structured experience and understanding is vital to these decisions”.

Thank you to Leeds Beckett University and the following businesses for engaging in the Make the Grade STEM for Girls Event 2016: Calbee, PPG Industries, Northern Gas Networks, Appris, Armed Forces, Built Environment,  Siemens, The Test People, WYG, Incommunities, FDM Group and GCHQ

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