Women make up just 13% of the UK’s science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workforce. The number of women working in the field overall is in decline, a trend that becomes self-reinforcing: fewer women working in STEM makes it less likely girls will consider it as a career choice.
Student to STEMette works with female A-level students studying STEM subjects to nurture an interest in banking.
Students are paired with female Deutsche employees with STEM backgrounds and careers for a four-month mentoring programme. The mentors will help students explore the different ways they can use their STEM backgrounds within the banking industry and introduce them to their own STEM networks. Students will also benefit from seven online webinars, hearing from women in industry, academia and recruitment to explore how to succeed in STEM.
By introducing these girls to the opportunities in banking, Student to STEMette targets issues of diversity and social mobility, supporting the future talent growth of STEM and the wider social economic benefits it delivers. The partnership aims to create both long-term value for the bank as well as opportunities for female employees with a background in STEM to volunteer as a mentor on the project. The mentoring programme takes place over four months and provides the perfect platform for the young girls to start to build their networks.
As part of the programme, participants can apply to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference the world’s largest gathering of female technologists. Five students travel to the US where they can make connections, hear from women in the industry and exercise what they’ve learnt through Student to STEMette in a real-life context.
of the UK’s STEM workforce is made up of women
of UK companies are currently having difficulty recruiting STEM-skilled staff.