Crewe Engineering and Design UTC held its first Women into STEM event last Friday (26th April).
Attended by all of the school’s female students, a range of women from different areas of STEM industries (science, technology, engineering and maths) were invited to showcase the various careers available.
The event highlighted the importance of women taking up opportunities within what is seen as a largely male-dominated environment.
Those exhibiting included 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 networking’ event.
Speaking at 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.
“It is vital that there are products, processes and innovations suitable for everyone: this means that everyone needs to take part in their creation.”
Crewe UTC leaders believe a mutual passion for encouraging young females into STEM careers is what brought employers together for this event.
Karen Sudworth, vice principal of Crewe UTC, commented: “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.”