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UTC Sheffield leading the way for girls

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The number of girls joining Yorkshire’s first University Technical College in Sheffield is increasing following work with employers and women’s groups. Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn, who is Patron of the Women’s Engineering Society, recently visited to meet students and tour the facilities. Meg has a long-standing campaign to make South Yorkshire the first choice for young women who wish to study and work in these industries.

UTC Sheffield currently has 440 young people on the roll in total. 78 of these students are female, which amounts to 18% of all learners. Furthermore, 30% of this year’s Year 10 students, who joined the UTC at aged 14, are girls.

Meg said:

“All of the hard work UTC Sheffield has done to inspire girls to think about career and study opportunities in science, engineering and technology is starting to pay off. It’s quite remarkable that in just its second year around 30% of year 10 students joining the UTC are girls. All of these are brand new pupils who have taken the daunting step of moving schools when most of them are only 14 years old.

I enjoyed speaking to the young women studying engineering and was encouraged by the knowledge they had of the range of careers open to them. Their enthusiasm for the future was infectious.”

Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield, said:

“Our outreach work seeks to persuade girls that science, engineering and technology are not just for boys, and reflects national and regional moves to encourage a gender balance in these industries.

The recruitment of female students into the UTC has been very pleasing. One third of 14 year-olds joining the UTC are girls.”

He added: “This has been helped by the employers supporting our curriculum, explaining the value of female employees in their companies, and the WISET team workshops, supported by female ambassadors from both universities and high profile women currently working in the sectors.”

Further information:  www.utcsheffield.org.uk/

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