Women make up just 14.4% 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 GCSE or A-level students studying STEM subjects to nurture an interest in STEM careers, provide role models and access to the industry.
Over two and a half years, Student to STEMette will provide 120 students with exposure to a range of real life STEM careers. Students are paired with female Deutsche Bank employees with STEM backgrounds and careers for a four-month intensive mentoring programme. The mentors or 'Sherpas' as they are known 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 around the country will also benefit from an online STEM careers information portal to gain further advice and guidance about studying or working in STEM from women in industry, academia and recruitment.
Student to STEMette targets issues of diversity and social mobility, supporting the future talent pipeline within STEM and the wider social and economic benefits it provides through employment opportunities. The partnership also aims to create both long-term value for the STEM industry as well as opportunities for female employees with a background in STEM to share their skills, experience and networks.
As part of the programme, participating students can apply to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference the world’s largest gathering of female technologists. Ten students will travel to the US where they can make connections, hear from aspirational 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.