Engineering a fresh option for girls looking at careers in technology
» GLOBAL engineering technologies company, Renishaw, ran two workshops at a Girls into Technology event at SGS Berkeley Green UTC.
The event showcased the technology industry to girls aged 12-14 and outlined the large variety of careers available in science, technology, engineering and maths
Alongside Renishaw, the event was supported by Atkins, Airbus, Cybersecurity Associates, Deloitte and GE Aviation.
Pupils from county schools took part in workshops hosted by the employers to get a feel for engineering and technology.
Renishaw’s workshops included a video where some of its female employees spoke about their career experiences.
Some of the company’s STEM ambassadors also ran a mini science show which incorporated several exhibits around magnetics and then finished off the workshop by conducting a hands-on engineering activity.
Rosie Broxton, a development engineer at Renishaw, gave a talk on her own journey into engineering.
She said: “Young people often feel under pressure to know exactly what they want to do when they are older.
“I shared my engineering journey with the girls because it is reassuring for them to hear from someone they can relate to.
“It is important that young people have role models to look up to when choosing a career.
“I was lucky to have had encouragement from STEM teachers and contact with employers as part of the Engineering Education Scheme. “
Renishaw’s education outreach officer Rebecca Bound says the company is looking to increase the number of young people — particularly girls – choosing STEM careers
She said: “Practical workshops are a great way for participants to find out for themselves that engineering is fun and that a future career in engineering is fulfilling and exciting.”
To find out more about the educational opportunities at Renishaw for local schools. visit renishaw.com/ educationoutreach.