In this video Hannah Toulson, Digital Apprentice at the Institute, talks to various women within STEM industies. These include Dr Kate Barclay (Institute Board Member), Sanna Shabir (Civil Engineering Apprentice with Atkins and Institute Apprentice Panel member), and the Minister Anne Milton about the importance of STEM subjects and encouraging greater take-up amongst women.
Addressing the skills shortage in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is crucial to the ensuring the future success of the UK economy. With increased government funding in this area, the challenge is to make sure those STEM apprenticeships are of the very highest quality.
This is where the Institute comes in. With more than 220 standards approved for delivery and over 300 currently in development, these high quality apprenticeships will allow businesses and apprentices to thrive. A significant number of these already approved are in STEM subjects.
Taking on the implementation of T level programmes in 2018, the Institute will further increase its role in raising the quality of apprenticeships, increasing social mobility and boosting the national economy. Increasing female participation in STEM subjects – an area in which women are still underrepresented – is essential and an ongoing challenge across the apprenticeship landscape.
We have published two blog posts from women in STEM, one from our board member Kate Barclay who is the Pfizer UK lead for academic liaison. The other post is from Dawn Childs who is the Group Engineering Director at Merlin Entertainments Group.