Wales focuses on closing the gender gap in STEM study and careers

Female pupils in Wales will miss out on well-paid jobs because of a failure to encourage them into engineering, the Welsh government’s skills minister has warned.

Eluned Morgan admitted that Wales could be “left behind” if it did not encourage more girls into STEM subjects and into careers in engineering and technology, and that she was determined to turn the situation around.

She said only 12 per cent of women study STEM subjects in Welsh universities, and that the most recent figures – from 2016 – showed that only 20 per cent of Welsh women science graduates pursued careers in STEM subject areas compared to 44 per cent of men.

“The lack of women in STEM professions matters for their individual life chances,” she told an event at Valero Pembroke Refinery, which is trying to attract more women into the industry. “They risk missing out on many well-paid and rewarding jobs.

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