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Careers Fair Provides Inspiration

18 March 2016

Mrs Shutt worked closely with Mrs Susan Dearden, a lawyer and partner at International Law firm Gowling WLG, to organise a Careers Fair in the Sixth Form Centre. Mrs Dearden was passionate about bringing together female representatives from local and national companies and academic faculties to demonstrate the wide range of disciplines and careers available to girls in STEM subjects. There was participation from Wates, Arup, Rolls Royce, The Binding Site, CGI Industries, GKN, QinetiQ, Women in Nuclear, Telefonica, Gowling (law), KEC (King Edwards Consortium-teaching) and Tarmac. We also had Mathematics-related representatives including Dains, ICAEW and Crowe Whitehall. Representing academic faculties, staff from universities including Aston, Leeds, Bath, Surrey and Nottingham provided advice on STEM courses. One of our pupils said “I really enjoyed the careers fair as it gave the opportunity to explore different available careers in the STEM subjects. All the representatives were also really helpful and answered all the questions I had.”

According to the WISE Report, in 2015, only 14.4% of the UK's STEM workforce were female. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills states "Science and research are major contributors to the prosperity of the UK. For our prosperity to continue, the government believes we need high levels of skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and citizens that value them."

All EHS year groups had access to the Careers Fair at some point during the day, many work experience placements were offered and we have many future partnership events planned with these organisations.

We would like to thank all representatives for their attendance and support at the Careers Fair. Mrs Shutt, Head of Department for Business and Economics, is keen to hear from companies who would like to be involved with future events. Mrs Shutt can be contacted on: shuttj@edgbastonhigh.co.uk

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