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STEM: Smashing the glass ceiling

With relatively few women working within the STEM fields in the UK, how can schools help to smash the glass ceiling in these subjects? Yvonne Baker offers some advice and signposts some resources and projects to help

Figures suggest that only 13 per cent of the STEM workforce in the UK, including just seven per cent of chartered engineers, are women. At the same time, thousands of STEM roles go unfilled every year across the UK.

STEM careers are diverse, fast-paced and hugely important to the UK economy – so can we really afford to leave it to the boys? I don’t think so and here’s why.

I started my career as an engineer – in fact, as far as I am concerned, that is still what I am today.

It taught me resilience, problem-solving, “stick-ability” and many other skills, and was the gateway to a rich and varied working life that a girl from east Northamptonshire wouldn’t have imagined.

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