Burgess Hill schools collaborate to tackle lack of female engineers

Less than 15% of all STEM jobs are done by women.
Less than 15% of all STEM jobs are done by women.

Two secondary schools are joining forces to tackle shortage of women engineers.

Burgess Hill Girls, along with Burgess Hill Academy, engineering giant Siemens and the Government’s Year of Engineering campaign grouped together to inspire girls to study more STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects .

Statistics show women make up only 15 per cent of engineering students at UK universities and less than 15 per cent of all STEM jobs are done by women.

Twenty five girls from each school attended an interactive stage show, SeeWomen, at Siemens’ flagship building, at Victoria Dock in London on November 6.

The girls were taken on an interactive, energetic, journey as they investigated the world of STEM, meeting and learning about contemporary women engineers and the contribution they make to shaping the world around us.

Liz Laybourn, head teacher at Burgess Hill Girls, said: “The shortfall in women engineers shows very little sign of improvement. This is a fantastic initiative.”