Hosted by Inside Government, this interactive forum will explore effective initiatives in maximising women in STEM, hearing best practice case studies from organisations successfully diversifying the STEM workforce, increasing women in STEM through student-engagement along with apprenticeships, and vocational training.
Despite girls consistently achieving better GCSE grades than boys in the majority of STEM subjects, only 43% of girls even consider a career in STEM, a statistic that goes on to be proven by the fact that only 25% of STEM graduates are female.
The government has announced an ambition to see a 20% increase in the proportion of girls’ A-level entries in maths and science by 2020. The target has been set with increasing evidence to suggest that greater diversity in the workplace leads to greater profitability, with gender-diverse companies 70% more likely to report successfully capturing new markets.
It is of paramount importance that the education sector works in partnership with industry leaders to inspire and support girls to choose careers in STEM at every stage of the learning process in order to maintain the UK’s competitive position in the global economy.
Key Speakers confirmed:
- Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive, The WISE Campaign
- Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive, Women’s Engineering Society
- Brenda Yearsley, (UK) School and Education Development Manager, Siemens
- Nike Folayan, Chairperson, Association For Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
- Griselda Togobo, Founder and Managing Director, Forward Ladies
- Cristina Data, Director of Spectrum Information and Analysis, Ofcom