Improving your gender balance

Industry News | 11.05.2018

Improving your gender balance

Smaller technology and engineering companies in Scotland often struggle to recruit women into technical/STEM roles, and with a growing skills shortage, the ENGENDERING STEM project exists to support you to encourage more women to work for your company.

Do you work for a technology or engineering company with fewer than 250 employees? Then the new ENGENDERING STEM project wants to hear from you! There are 3 ways to get involved:

  1. Get Advice and Support - We will work with you to provide tailored recommendations and support to improve the gender balance in your business – all you have to do is complete our free online self-assessment tool.http://engenderingstem.eu/get-involved/expression-of-interest/
  2. Give Your Views - What are you views on getting more women into Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM)? Fill in our anonymous survey here:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Gender_in_STEM
  3. Share Best Practice - Do you have a success story to share? ENGENDERING STEM can promote this to a European audience in our series of best practice guides. Share your case study with us here http://engenderingstem.eu/case-studies/case-study-submission/

 

For more information visit the website or contact k.farmer@napier.ac.uk

ENGENDERING STEM is an exciting pan European collaboration between Equate Scotland, City of Glasgow College, and partners in the Netherlands (VHTO) and Basque Country (Miguel Altuna), co-funded by the ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union.

The project offers small to medium enterprises (SMEs) operating within the Science technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors the opportunity to showcase good practice in relation to equality and diversity. In addition to this, companies can also sign-up to participate in a free-to- use online self-assessment tool and one-to-one consultation support which will identify manageable and incremental steps employers can take to improve gender balance within their business.

With a rapidly growing STEM sector across Europe, and employers reporting significant skills shortages, it is vital that we look at ways to increase the participation of women in STEM. Across the UK we need 185,000 more engineers by 2024 and we have over 12,000 digital technology vacancies per year. However, women are woefully underrepresented in these sectors making up only 9% and 18% of the workforce respectively.

In addition to addressing the growing skills gap, there are robust business, legal and moral cases for improving gender diversity in companies. We know that where there are greater levels of diversity, companies experience greater returns on investment, equity and sales. Women’s equal participation in STEM is estimated to be worth £170 million to the Scottish economy annually.

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