Latest UK Statistics Released on Women’s Participation in STEM
WISE published the latest statistics on women’s participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the UK last week. These figures provide a snapshot of the current position, from classroom to boardroom, based on the latest available data. You can view the full report here.
The positive news is that more young people of both sexes are studying STEM subjects and at GSCE girls are as likely as boys to do so. However, female participation drops off at ‘A’ Level, particularly in Physics, and very few females take up STEM apprenticeships. This reduces the talent pipeline going into the STEM workforce – only 13% of all STEM jobs in the UK are currently occupied by women. Fewer women in the workforce means STEM industries struggle to find women for senior roles or board appointments. It also means fewer women setting up STEM businesses – which in turns limits the potential for economic growth. If we can turn this situation around, it will open up new and rewarding career pathways for women as well as bringing huge benefits to STEM industries and to the UK economy. Our vision is that at least 30% of the UK STEM workforce will be female by 2020, but we cannot do it alone. Join WISE now and show your commitment to making a difference.
Vince Cable Calls for More Women in Engineering
In a speech at the City of London’s Mansion House today Business Minister, Vince Cable, will ask his audience to imagine the future of British industry; a world where in 10 years time women will dominate! We like his thinking: read a report on the address here. Mr Cable seems to be on a mission at the moment as during his speech to the annual dinner of the EEF Manufacturers’ Organisation, also this week, he called the chronic under-representation of women in engineering ‘totally unacceptable’ and went on to say that bright young women could benefit from pursuing careers in the engineering sector. Read the full story here. Last month Vince Cable urged more women to go into engineering to help solve the UK’s chronic skills shortage whilst on a visit to GE Aviation in Bishop’s Cleeve, Gloucestershire, read more here. WISE fervently hopes that Mr Cable continues his campaign to highlight the issues we are working hard to address.
Launched Today: New Government-Backed Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering Environmental Technologies
The official launch of this training opportunity designed to help address the major shortage of skilled engineers in the UK took place at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London today. Backed by
UK industry giants Cummins Turbo Technologies, MITIE and others, with support from the WISE campaign this apprenticeship scheme is a positive development for the future of sector growth and productivity. Read the full story.
WISE Inaugural Knowledge Sharing Breakfast a Resounding Success
The first ever WISE ‘knowledge sharing’ event, hosted by ARUP, took place last week and was widely regarded by the representatives from industry leaders who attended as being a huge success. The concept is to invite STEM sector companies to discuss and debate relevant topics relating to increasing female talent in their industry whilst sharing best practice and innovative ideas. Don’t miss out on your chance to join the next breakfast and get involved in this valuable discussion: contact Ingrid Ovenstone to find out how.
Applications Open for O2 Operations Apprenticeships Programme
O2 In Leeds and Slough offer a three year apprenticeship programme combining work experience and study; the programme is highly successful and is now in it’s fifteenth year. Read current apprentice Lucy Paine’s story and get inspired!
Jaguar Land Rover New Education Programme
As part of the ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers’ education programme which Jaguar Land Rover runs across the UK to promote STEM subjects and engineering careers, the ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers: Young Women in the Know’ course has been developed in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College to change outdated perceptions of engineering to encourage more young women to consider engineering and manufacturing careers. Read the full story.
WISE at the Science Museum for International Women’s Week
Over 100 guests attended the Mothers of Invention reception at the Science Museum this week in order to celebrate exhibits made by women from the Museum’s collections. WISE are very grateful to the Science Museum for hosting such an enjoyable evening and look forward to an ongoing partnership to inspire the next generation of female inventors. If you would like to visit the exhibition please click here to find out more.
2013 WISE Awards – Sponsorship opportunities
The UK needs to attract more women and girls into science, engineering and technology industries to drive economic growth. The WISE Awards celebrate female talent, recognise organisations who are making a difference and inspire others to take up the cause. Demonstrate your commitment to diversity in 2013 by sponsoring the high profile WISE Awards. Being one of the event sponsors aligns your organisation with STEM business and industry leaders and several levels of sponsorship are available, ranging from headline sponsor to sponsoring the drinks reception. For more information please click here or contact Ingrid Ovenstone.
Available Now: European Graduate Career Guide 2013
Foreign & Commonwealth Office Services (FCOS)
Oxford & Cherwell Valley College: A rewarding new career in further education
Marie Curie Initial Training Network: Ultra-High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (HiMR)
Skanska: Let new career opportunities find you! Give some information on your skills and desires to open the door for interesting job openings within Skanska and the worldwide opportunities we can provide. Register your profile for new career opportunities and to search and apply for available jobs within Skanska.
STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council):
Graduate Recruitment Scheme Now Open
Advertise your job vacancies on the WISE website
Recruiting with WISE offers you unique outreach to thousands of STEM qualified women, and to highly engaged contacts in universities, colleges, women’s groups and professional bodies that encourage women to progress in their careers. The WISE e-newsletter mails to 10,000 STEM organisations and individuals. Our lead role in advancing gender equality within STEM means that working with us also highlights your desire to be an employer of choice. If you are an employer and would like to reach thousands of potential candidates and demonstrate your commitment as a good practice employer, call WISE on 01274 724009, click here for more information or email email@example.com
Friday 9 March: ScienceGrrl Celebrate International Women’s Week
Join ScienceGrrl and Manchester Girl Geeks at MOSI for an afternoon in the company of vibrant female scientists on 9th March. Try your hand at soft electronics, mathematical magic, or chat to friendly female scientists from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. More information here: http://mancggtp-sciencegrrl.eventbrite.com/ Studying science at University? ScienceGrrl are arranging a friendly and chilled evening of networking, eats and drinks at Gorilla in Manchester city centre for you, female postgrad scientists and female professional scientists. And it’s only a tenner! Sign up here: http://sciencegrrlmanchester-speednetwork.eventbrite.co.uk/
Monday 11 March: Apprenticeship Awareness Evening
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week local parents, students, people seeking employment and employers are invited to come along to the MK Dons in Milton Keynes to find out about Apprenticeships, you will have the chance to take part in a range of activities from a selection of Apprenticeships that are available and also watch demonstrations from some of the Apprentices. Find out more here.
Wednesday 13 March: Manor Royal Comedy – it IS rocket Science
Helen Keen brings her award-winning show to the Lok’n’Store, Crawley on Wednesday 13th March as part of Crawley STEMfest 2013. As heard on BBC Radio 4, Helen’s love of space exploration is brought to life with a fusion of stand-up comedy and tinfoil that Radio Times described as “shamelessly nerdy … deeply funny.” Book your tickets here.
Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 March: The Big Bang Fair, London
The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. Everything they do is aimed at showing young people (primarily aged 7-19) just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are out there for them with the right experience and qualifications. WISE are supporting this event with workshops for school girls in association with Intel and IOP, the Institute of Physics.
Meet the team at WISE
What can WISE do for you? We always appreciate comments from our members and newsletter subscribers so get in touch with the WISE team and let us have your ideas: what can we do for you, your company or your educational institution? Don’t forget we also offer Training & Consultancy Services, click here to find out more.
Academic Calendars to Raise Awareness
Calendargrads; a project set up by a group of young and enthusiastic science and engineering graduates are producing a calendar featuring inspirational women scientists and engineers. The project is aimed at targeting the 70% of female SET graduates who do not pursue a career in the STEM sector by highlighting the worthwhile and exciting career prospects that they are missing out on. Calendargrads need your help to achieve their goal, please visit the Calendargrads website to find out how you can support this worthwhile project.
RAF Work Experience for Girls
This fantastic opportunity for year 10 girls returns again for 2013 and promises to be just as popular as ever. Apply now!
Can you help?
Please get involved!
In January 2013 WISE launched several new membership packages, with options to suit everybody studying, training or working within the science, technology, engineering or mathematics sectors (STEM). The great news is that the response to our launch has been really positive! We would like to welcome all our latest new members, including corporate members:
It is very good to know that you share our energy and passion for women in STEM and our vision of reaching a tipping point of a 30% female workforce in the UK STEM sectors by 2020.
Do you share our vision? Then why not get involved and work with us to scale up the campaign. We need your support!
If you’d like to discuss WISE membership or other ways you can get involved with WISE, please get in touch!
Have you seen this month’s blog?
Guest blogger, Dr Sue Black, shares her inspirational story with her post entitled ‘From Bus Driver to University College London via a pair of DM’s’
Check it out now and join the debate!
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