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Female students meet industry experts to highlight the opportunities young women have within the STEM industry.
Crewe Engineering and Design UTC, a school for 14-19 year olds, held its first Women into STEM event on Friday 26th April. Attended by all their female students, the school invited a variety of women from different areas of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths industry. The event was to showcase the wide range of careers available and the importance of women taking opportunities within this stereotypical male dominated environment.
Attended by businesses such as Network Rail, Cheshire Police, OSL Global, Bentley Motors, Balfour Beatty, SP Energy Network and Barclays Bank, students listened to short presentations about career journeys and then took part in a “speed dating” style networking event. Students were split into small groups and got the opportunity to visit each employer to ask questions about company they work for and the responsibilities within their job role.
Opening the event, Dr Georgina Harris, a Trustee of Crewe UTC, said:
“Engineering and Design is the most creative and challenging career to which anyone can aspire. Engineering is responsible for the innovation, design, development and manufacture of everything in the world that does not occur naturally. It is vital that there are products, processes and innovations suitable for everyone: this means that everyone needs to take part in their creation.”
The mutual passion of encouraging young females into STEM careers is what brought Crewe UTC and employers together for this event.
Carla Gonen, a Quantity Surveyor at OSL Global, advised the female students:
“Be a credible professional and people will respect you for your ability and not your gender.”
Karen Sudworth, Vice Principal of Crewe UTC, added:
“It’s important to us as a school of Engineering and Design that our female cohort realise their potential and strive to achieve their careers goals. We are immensely proud that our cohort of female students is now at 23%, which is higher than the national average of 9% of women in Engineering.”