Amey partners with charity to boost interest in engineering among girls
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Ahead of International Women in Engineering Day tomorrow (23 June), charity Girlguiding has announced a partnership with engineering firm Amey to encourage more young women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Girlguiding said its move followed research showing that only 3 per cent of girls aged seven to 10 would consider a career in engineering and half of girls aged 11-21 think STEM subjects have an image of being more for boys.
Amey said that only 11 per cent of its employees with ‘engineer’ in their job title are women, and the company experiences a similar gender split across its graduate and apprenticeship programmes.
The company will co-sponsor the charity’s new skills-builder badges and activities aimed at encouraging girls to discover more about STEM.
Girlguiding estimate that each year over 150,000 girls will complete the Innovate skills builder, which helps to develop everything from survival skills and innovation to leadership and communication.
Activities the participants will have the opportunity to complete include carrying out scientific experiments, creating algorithms for robots, planning video games, learning about binary code through making computer science-themed bracelets and having a go at being a crime-scene investigator.
Jess Bond, of Girlguiding, said: “Girls have told us they want more careers advice about what they can do with different subjects at school.
“It’s really great to have expert input from Amey into the design of the activities that will be on offer to girls and to tackle the misconception that STEM subjects are more for boys.”
Nicola Hindle, Amey’s consulting and rail MD, said: “Inspiring more girls to see a career using STEM subjects is a priority to us and we’re really excited to strengthen our existing commitment to addressing the industry’s gender imbalance through our partnership with Girlguiding.
“The charity is synonymous with teaching girls new skills in a safe and fun environment and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to use our vast expertise to design and support this ground-breaking new programme. We have high aspirations that our work with Girlguiding will result in a new generation of women leading the UK forward, innovating in STEM.”