A SCOTTISH based road technology initiative is looking to help one female university student who is looking for a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), get the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s most inspirational women working in these industries.
According to research carried out by Nuclear Operations, at EDF Energy, one third of schoolgirls in Scotland think they are “not clever” enough and careers in STEM are more suited to boys. However, the research estimates that by 2020, the economy in Scotland will need an extra 2,000 university graduates with a STEM background to fill upcoming roles.
The Inspiring Women conference hosted by Management Today on Wednesday March 17 at the EICC, will see Caroline Carrick, director of the TEV Project, take part in a panel alongside Yvonne Brennan, group marketing manager Redefine BDL Hotels and Polly Purvis, Chief Executive of ScotlandIS. The three business leaders in their field will share their experiences of how women can be at the forefront of disruptive industries and companies in Scotland and beyond, and explore the approach required to attract more females so achieve successful careers in these industries.
Also in attendence will be former F1 test driver Susie Wolffe, global toy design engineer Mamta Singhal, and Emma McGuigan, MD for Technology at Accenture UK and Ireland.
Caroline is hoping to invite along a young woman who is aiming to work in a STEM industry to meet some of the women at the conference, hear what they have to say about their careers and get first hand advice and inspiration to kick-start their careers.
Caroline said: “At TEV Project we are thrilled to be sponsoring a student to attend this fantastic, female-friendly conference where topics such as technology careers and disruptive business will be explored.
“We’re looking for someone who is passionate about a career in STEM to give them an opportunity to meet some of the most inspirational females in these industries in Scotland today.
“This conference supports is the perfect environment to do this, and hopefully inspire somebody headed for a positive future in STEM.”
To enter, all you have to do is explain in 250 words who inspires you and why. Send all entries with the heading ‘STEM Opportunity’ to firstname.lastname@example.org