En­gi­neer­ing a fresh op­tion for girls look­ing at ca­reers in tech­nol­ogy

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS -

» 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.

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