City & Islington College leading the drive to get more girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths jobs

11 July 2018

Over 200 girls from Islington’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School had the chance to find out about the huge variety of opportunities waiting for them in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), at an open day at City & Islington College.

Women are far less likely to study STEM subjects at A level or degree level – and as a result far fewer women than men work in a STEM job. The college hopes that the Open Day, held at its Centre for Applied Sciences in Islington, will open the girls’ eyes to the wide and varied world of STEM subjects and the careers available to those who study them. And for many of the girls, it was their first chance to visit the college where many of them will study their A levels.

As David Swinscoe, Head of the Centre for Applied Sciences at City and Islington College, said: “It’s a shocking fact that only 13% of those working in science, technology, engineering or maths jobs in the UK are women. This is a disaster for our country’s competitiveness on the global stage, as it means that these industries do not have a diverse workforce.

“It’s a shocking fact that only 13% of those working in science, technology, engineering or maths jobs in the UK are women."

“It’s a tragedy for young women too, as they are being denied so many potential careers, including in engineering, aerospace, coding, software development, bioscience, research, surveying, forensics, microbiology, robotics, product design or maybe teaching a STEM subject at a school, college or university.


“That’s why we run this open day: to help the girls – and their teachers – share our passion for these subjects and the courses that we offer. Every year, dozens of young women study a STEM subject at City & Islington College – including many from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, with whom we have had a long and happy partnership. Many of our students progress either to a job, or on to university to take their skills to the next level. With a STEM A level or degree on their CV, the sky is the limit.”


Paul McIntyre, Assistant Head teacher at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, said:

"The STEM day at City & Islington College was an excellent opportunity for our Year 9 students to find out more about the wide range of courses and career options available to them in science, technology, engineering and maths. These are not considered by some to be 'traditional' female careers, but at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, we strongly believe that our students should pursue the career that they want, no matter what the perceptions are. I think the day was a real eye-opener for many of our young women and I hope that it has inspired some of them to look further at STEM."


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