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Teachers pledge to help girls change the world!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Teachers from across South Yorkshire have pledged to do their bit to support girls to consider careers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM) at an event to celebrate the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering. The ‘Discover STEM for Girls’ event was put on by students and lecturers from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University along with Sheffield Heeley MP, Meg Munn.

Around 300 girls from across South Yorkshire attended the event with their teachers to learn more about careers, apprenticeships and vocational courses.  They took part in a range of practical activities and met students from the two local universities who talked about how they believed their work could help to change lives.

Despite the recession the CBI found that 43% of employers say they are having difficulty recruiting staff with skills in these areas, and more than half expect to have difficulties in the next three years.

Meg said:

“We know that girls are often inspired by how the work they do can change lives.  The new innovations that will help people to live longer and improve their quality of life will come from the next generation of scientists, technologists and engineers.  Yet, we know that there are job vacancies in these fields, where women are underrepresented, which is why we need more girls to consider them as part of their career options. 

Girls really can change the world, and I’m sure some of the young women I met in Sheffield will go on to do just that!”

Denise Eaton, Project Manager for the Women in Science, Engineering, Technology (SET) team at Sheffield Hallam University said:

“Sheffield Hallam University’s Women in SET team recognise the vital role that school staff play in helping girls to make informed subject and career choices, and we are delighted to be working alongside such a positive group of local teachers, careers advisers and support staff who have pledged to do their bit to make a difference.”

Sue Armstrong, Deputy Director of Women in Engineering, University of Sheffield said:

“It was wonderful to welcome so many young women on a discovery of science, maths and engineering.  We hope that through conversations with university students and staff, industrialists and apprentices they will be enthused to continue their studies in science and maths which will open doors for them to pursue a wealth of career opportunities in areas where women are still underrepresented.”

Meg edited Unlocking Potential: perspectives on women in Science, Engineering & Technology; a collection of essays exploring what is holding girls and women back and what can be done: http://www.smith-institute.org.uk/file/Women%20in%20SET.pdf

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